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January 31, 2016
In our February issue, on newsstands now, we detailed how architect Alexander Gorlin was revamping Eero Saarinen's masterpiece Bell Labs (now Bell Works). Here we take a peek at some of Gorlin's residential projects, which range from the Nova Scotia coast to the Rocky Mountains.
Modern Nova Scotia home overlooking the ocean.

The client behind this glass-and-concrete dwelling selected the site for its unadulterated primeval landscape: it's located on a remote Nova Scotia penninsula and accessible only by ferry. Gorlin's choice of concrete was aesthetic and practical: the rugged material echoes the granite landsacpe while resisting winds and weather.

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Living room in Nova Scotia that looks out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Starphire glass lets the sun illuminate the house, which is composed of a series of interconnected two story pavilions. Each pavilion houses a different function—such as the living room here—and has its own unique orientation towards the landscape. Local designer Ray Frizzell selected furniture primarily a neutral palette to reflect the rocky landscape.

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Chicago townhouse with enormous glass facade.

This 2004 town house may be the Second City's bachelor pad to end all bachelor pads. It's really a glass cube within a glass cube: on the exterior, one enormous glass volume cantilevers from the main building. A second interior volume, which containts the master bedroom and bathroom, stands over the kitchen, dining room, and living room.

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Living room of large, minimalist Chicago townhouse.

In the living room, the sofa is from Zanotta, the chair and ottoman are from Herman Miller, and the floor lamp is from Palluco. The sink fittings are from Dornbracht. 

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Stone-clad home in the Rocky Mountains.

Located in Genesee, Colorado, this 2001 project's ample use of stone was inspired by the Native American architecture of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Surrounded by ponderosa pine trees, the home takes a cruciform shape to fit into the landscape: one wing runs up and down the hill and the other runs across its horizontal contours. The former is capped by a tower and features a great room at its base; the latter houses smaller private rooms. 

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Living room in Colorado home surrounded by ponderosa pines.

The home's near-continuous glass walls make for a truly immersive experience. 

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18th century stone dwelling and modern additions in the Catskills Mountains.

This 2008 family residence actually began with a 1784 stone house, seen at the right. Located in the Catskills Mountains, the new pavilions spread out to one side to minimize their impact on the centuries-old structure. Their red hues are an intentional reference to the property's vernacular farm buildings. 

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Interior of renovated 18th century barn in the Catskills Mountains.

Original oak beams, revealed as part of the renovation, stretch across the interior of the renovated 1784 structure.

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Pool and zinc-clad shading cantilever of modern Hamptons home.

In one bastion of traditional architecture—the Hamptons—this home stands out. Sitting atop a hill, it faces the ocean on one side and the beach on the other. Gorlin gave each elevation a distinct facade. Seen here is the ocean-facing side, with a zinc-clad cantilever shading a sprawling outdoor patio. 

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Teak and limestone facade of Hamptons home.

The bay-facing facade, which is also the home's entrance, is clad in African teak and limestone. 

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Modern Nova Scotia home overlooking the ocean.

The client behind this glass-and-concrete dwelling selected the site for its unadulterated primeval landscape: it's located on a remote Nova Scotia penninsula and accessible only by ferry. Gorlin's choice of concrete was aesthetic and practical: the rugged material echoes the granite landsacpe while resisting winds and weather.

To see more of Gorlin's work, visit his website here

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