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Missouri Residence


"...shockingly beautiful..."


This commission interprets agricultural vernacular to inform aesthetic expression. The 125-acre property holds three diverse spaces - the house and its immediate environs; the prairie; and the views beyond the property. Young + Dring were inspired by traditional agricultural customs in keeping with the architecture: modern, spare, with an economy of form. Inspiration was taken from the agrarian model of ager, saltus, and silva. Mirroring this concentric organization results in a highly defined living space giving way to pasture giving way to woods. With a few carefully chosen gestures Young + Dring organized the site, enhanced views, and reinforced indoor/outdoor relationships. The simplicity of the design and appropriateness of materials create a timeless landscape that is comfortable as well as shockingly beautiful.

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