a cottage villa


A square with Richardsonian towers on the corners, flat masonry facades in the main axis, with full-height shingle roofs over porches in the other.  A skylit circular stair in a square hall in the center with octagonal-ish foyers on either end with half-round aedicules for entry porches.





shingles, circles, and squares


This beach cottage betrays symmetry while remaining rigorously modular.  A tower surmounts the concave entry aedicule, a large half-round stair walled in glass block curves back into the square living room, where a circular bay window contrast with the entry, and a long porch is added onto the otherwise square, hip-roofed volume.




bruce price goes diagonal


In a seeming break with the previous two Price projects that were relentlessly symmetrical and modular.  This project would seem to diverge – seem to.  The reality is that this cottage is just as systematic as the previous two, but its symmetry is diagonal rather than axial, and its modularity is only shifted one half bay to turn a regular square plan into a rectangular one.  The ground floor is all ashlar cut stone, while shingles cover nearly everything else.  A large tower takes up one corner, where the ashlar rises up into the second story, even to the third at a small circular corner column – see wormseye axonometric below.  Rounded corners abound – a continuous wrapping surface of shingles consumes the rigid geometry.