Inside The Box
We live around the corner from Moon Hill. That’s a famous collection of modernist houses which were designed by Walter Gropius’ students in the late 40’s. They were pretty small by today’s standards, so most of them have been modified in the intervening years. That has tended to spoil their lines, but it seems to be necessary to make them livable by today’s standards.
One of the most original ones is currently under the knife. It’s kind of interesting to see it opened up like this.
If you look at the upper left corner of the kitchen section, you can see some details of how the roof truss was constructed. That was pretty radical stuff in the day. Everyone told them that they were crazy, and that New England houses needed pointed roofs. To some extent, the critics were correct. The owners struggled with a lot of problems over the years. However, today’s fancy membrane roofing systems seem ear to have finally caught up with the designs.