In this modern Midwest home, art and architecture blend as one to create a gallery-like residence for two prominent contemporary art collectors.
Filling 10,650 square feet of living spaces, art is intrinsically the heart of the home in this private dwelling designed by Missouri–based design studio and shop Hufft Projects. The traditional program of the house blends with gallery-like spaces, providing this family of renowned art collectors plenty of room to display their curated collection.
From the exterior, this three-level home appears as a large work of art. Dramatic cantilevered rooms, limestone-clad facades, expansive glazing, warm cedar, and striking aluminum accents encase an artery of living spaces.
Named the "Artery Residence" for its art-focused diagram, the interiors are composed around three-story "arteries" which connect a below-grade gallery to the living spaces above, creating a continuous visual connection to the art from all points of the home. Through the holes cut in the floor plates, art extends between all floors, filling the home with a colorful display of artwork and sculptures.
A modern kitchen, an elegant dining room, open living spaces, and his-and-her offices fill the limestone-clad volume on the main floor. A long run of open-tread stairs acts as the vertical connector of the home.
Above, three private bedrooms complete with en-suites, along with two guest suites, are contained in cedar and aluminum-clad volumes which extend out over the landscape.
Even the exterior takes on the aura of a gallery. Large sculptural pieces are placed around the home, creating special moments of admiration and wonder along the terraces and onto the pool deck. Located on a large corner lot, a cast-in-place concrete entrance is cut into the hillside, providing a monumental at-grad access to the gallery.
Not only is the home a visual work of art, but also an emblem of sustainable architectural strategies. Natural daylighting and passive solar strategies are incorporated into the large overhangs that protect the interior from the harsh summer sun, while allowing the stone floors to soak up the winter rays.
Geothermal, active solar, and LED lighting are all design components which minimize the environmental imprint of the home. Green roof terraces, permeable surfaces, and native vegetation create a lavish exterior, ideal as a sculptural backdrop yet also suitable for sustainable landscape growth.