North Penn House — a bold, modern gesture that defines its site

Indianapolis, IN
3,500 square feet
2016
Type: Houses / Interiors
Theme: Tranquility in the Country

This new 3,500 square foot house is defined by the juxtaposition of its horizontal planes with the dramatic topography of the wooded site, including a sloping landscape at the rear of the house down to a meadow below. A long roof with big overhangs, tall sliding glass doors, and Indiana limestone floors, which extend out to terraces, connect the indoors to the outdoors: the changing seasons become a vibrant backdrop to everyday life. Zinc panels and mahogany doors and windows combine with the light gray pavers in a modern, yet warm palette of materials.

The house is furnished with a mixture of contemporary pieces, by designers like Lindsey Adelman, Montis, BDDW, and Chadhaus, and classic modern pieces. Warm woods, leathers, and soft neutral fabrics give the space a crisp but relaxed feel.

Floor to ceiling glass walls on the east and west sides of the house offer expansive views of the landscape. An open living area includes spaces for living, dining, and a grand piano. Local heart pine planks clad a pair of interior volumes that bookend the living area, one with a fireplace and the other containing the semi-open kitchen.

A textured blue tile accent wall contrasts with the otherwise all-white kitchen. Discreet brass details, like door pulls and floor vents, add luster to the material palette. Pale limestone flooring extends from the interior out to exterior paths and terraces, further emphasizing the indoor/outdoor connection.

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Collaborators

Deborah Berke Partners
Architect and Interior Designer

Silver Creek Engineering, Inc.
Structural Engineer

MSA Professional Services
MEP Engineer

PHT Lighting Design, Inc.
Lighting Designer

Recognition

Honor Award 2018
AIA Indiana

Award of Honor 2018
SARA National Design

The New York Times
October 1, 2017

Drawings

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