The Magically Floating Roof – Modern house Ladue, Missouri

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Notice the roof of this house appears to float above the walls. Aside from the obvious aesthetic appeal, the transparent glass gap between the walls and the roof allow the interior to “seep” outside and the outside to “flow” inside the house. This has the affect of making the interior spaces appear visually larger to the people within because their perception of space is not completely stopped by the walls. They may look over and around the walls. To achieve this, we constructed a steel frame within the home, set back from the exterior walls (much like the core of a skyscraper), that holds up the roof and floors. It also stiffens the home and prevents it from folding like a proverbial house of cards.

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Tim Bjella

Principal architect and interior designer for Arteriors / Bjella Architecture.

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