What Matters

July 2020 Issue

Try Angles

We have a special edition of What Matters this month.  This is a bit of an escapist issue where we are going to show you the inside of a spectacular modernist home in the DC-metro area that happens to be for sale.  Designed by world renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen in 1971, The Jacobsen House like many of Jacobsen’s architectural works is based on repeating triangular volumes.  We have invited Ron and Steve Mangas, founders of listModern which lists and sells modernist homes in the greater DC area, to comment on The Jacobsen House.  Additionally, we have taken the idea of the triangle to highlight another legend of architecture, I.M. Pei.  This Chinese-American starchitect designed countless award-winning buildings based on the triangle.  He passed away last May at 102.

Angle of Attack

The 2013 restoration of The Four Pavilions home in DC originally designed by Hugh Newell Jacobsen is a testament to how good modernism stands the test of time. Richard Williams Architects won a Residential Architect Grand Award for this stunning restoration. Here is a video detailing the restoration.

Architecture on Point

There are the ancient pyramids of Egypt if you’ve been fortunate enough to see them.  But do you remember the controversy surrounding the now iconic pyramid in front of the Louvre in Paris?   It was 1983, and the design was top secret… More.

Knowing All of the [Tri]Angles

I.M. Pei used the triangle, pyramids, and triangular volumes to design and build some of the most famous buildings in the world.  Our very own Smithsonian National Gallery of Art East Wing built on a triangular-shaped plot of land is comprised of a series of triangular volumes.  Small glass pyramids shed light on the underground concourse connecting the East and West wings.  See Pei’s work here.