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Dan Hisel Architects has designed the Manio/Downing Residence outside Boston. Following is some information by the architects, “The de Manio/Downing residence is a home for a family of five on a wooded, s-acre parcel outside Boston. The program calls for 4 bedrooms, large living/dining spaces for formal entertaining, casual spaces for family activities, and separate work-at-home offices for both parents.
The design solution places 2 highly crafted boxes in the woods whose entry sequence orchestrates a dramatic threshold welcoming people into the forest. These two volumes adopt three primary orientations corresponding to the different activities engaged by this active household: a formal entertaining space and library for adults directed towards views of the woods, informal kitchen and family/breakfast spaces oriented towards the large yard, and offices in and over garage, oriented toward the public zones of the street and driveway.”