Adaptation + Preservation
Modern houses have been an important part of Massachusetts’ architectural legacy since the 1930s and are an integral part of the design fabric of several communities. This workshop will focus on educating professionals on the value of this resource and provide lessons on how best to preserve this asset.
Starting with design lessons from vintage modern houses: modest size, simple palette of materials, and strong connection to nature and how that can be applied to today’s houses. We will explore the work of Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Karl Koch, Henry Hoover, and others. We will also cover technical considerations as many early modern homes have not performed well in New England’s harsh climate. As well as thermal comfort, since a lack of insulation, slabs on grade without insulation, single glazing, and inadequate heating systems have rendered many of these homes uncomfortable to live in and expensive to heat and cool.