Richardson Residence

Architectural Hieroglyphs

Floor plans at their essence are hieroglyphs – a few blunt strokes that appear cut or carved from raw slabs of clay or stone. As plan (or parti) takes on mass, the resulting solids and voids; sculpt light and shadow, foster movement and enclosure, and guide proportion and detail. The hieroglyph reflects and inspires the unity of the architecture and your experience as inhabitant. As ruin, the hieroglyph evokes beauty beyond the life of the house.


“…do but design with the owl’s eyes first, and you will gain the falcon’s afterwards.”  > John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, 1880