Italic House by
Alexander Gorlin Architects

This northern New Jersey residence posits a critique of the classical villa paradigm. The plan is a parallelogram, shifted from its implied orthogonal grid; an existing stonewall from an old farm formerly on the site determined the datum line. The house’s oblique geometry deflects the view away from neighbors across the valley toward a small pond on the site and emphasizes the house on the landscape as a series of interlocking planes, volumes, and reflections in the glass walls. Organized around an open court with a two-story high glass wall defining the north side, a 75-meter indoor lap pool punctuates this wall at a 60-degree angle. The oblique geometry and horizontality of the house create skewed perspectives that enhance the sensual experience of swimming in the long, angled pool. One end of the pool is anchored to the body of the house, while the other floats above the pastoral landscape, suspended between earth and sky.

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