Hexad

Hexad (“a set of six”) is a caretaker’s house for a private estate in a sculpture garden.

  • Type Residential
  • Location Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Area 832 sq ft
  • Date 2016

Where the main house follows a neo-Palladian model of distinct circulation axes organizing programmed areas, Hexad programs the axes themselves. The 832 s.f. building separates the basic functions of home (Living, Eating, Bathing, and Sleeping) into four 160 s.f. wings oriented to the cardinal points as established by the existing site plan – a miniaturized Jeffersonian Grid. The remaining two axes – up and down – provide supplementary spaces for Viewing the property (the tower) and Dreaming (a lower level with a view to the sky through the tower).

Each wing follows the logic of program: Living has a suspended fireplace and a folding sofa, Eating is a walk-through pantry kitchen with a sun lit dining area, Bathing has an enclosed WC with a large open tub, and Sleeping has a Murphy-bed and storage. Both sleeping and bathing areas may be closed with large pivot doors.

The four horizontal wings comprise split 40’ shipping containers (each wing is 20’ long) while the tower is formed from a 20’ container resting on the stiffened corners of the wings. Powder-coated steel bar grating floors in the center and in the tower allow light to penetrate all levels.

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**inhabiting the grid, etc.

Site Plan

The central-plan

Tetrahemihexacron, anamorphic decal, oblique view from southeast, section oblique

Eating <--> Living

Vertical axis

Sleeping <--> Bathing

Project Awards

2016 AIA Nebraska Merit Award for Unbuilt Architecture

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