The Centrifugal Villa, a house by Obra Architects in Southampton New York, is set on a 5-acre property overlooking an agricultural reserve. The building transforms vernacular post-and-beam construction by transposing proportion and redsitributing plan around a centrifugal scheme.
The rooms are "arranged around a hollow center, as if the heart of the house had somehow fallen outside its body." This creates a string of interior spaces that are characterized by "constantly shifting vanishing points" and large windows—placed at each crease in the plan—that "centrifugally release the views out to the surrounding landscape."
The property also includes a poolhouse with separate guest accomodations and garage. The 100% trellised, open screen room warmly complements the skylit, labyrinthine moments of the main house.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.