• Case Study Modern House Number

November 29, 2019

The Case Study Houses were among the most influential in shaping our current sensibilities about what is modern architecture. Hosted by Arts & Architecture magazine from 1945 to 1966, they were experiments in American residential architecture focusing on designing and building inexpensive and efficient home designs especially well suited for the residential housing boom brought on by the end of World War II. 


Designed and built by many of the leading architects of the time, including Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames and Ero Saarinen, they were characterized by their low sleek lines, wide open spaces and daring geometry. 


We set out to create a house number plaque that would echo the original tenants of the Case Study program which included innovative use of materials, sleek lines, horizontal profile and economy. 


First we’ll look at all of the styles that would form the basis of our aesthetic. Here are a few that inspired our final design.

Pierre Koenig's Stahl House, Case Study Number 22

Pierre Koenig's Stahl House, Case Study Number 22

 

 

We then looked at and drafted a variety of forms and fonts that met the basic tenants of the design and opted for the Neutra Display font. That coupled with an extended baseline gave us the look we were going for. 

HNL Drawings for Case Study Modern House Number

Case Study Modern House Number Font

 

Three options for materials were selected: 

  1. Laser cut acrylic - perfect to represent the period as plastics are beautiful, durable and  innovative and specific to the period. We use only pigmented ⅜” acrylic. 
  2. Waterjet cut aluminum - similar to the reasons stated for the acrylic, the aluminum is spot on for the time, durable and beautiful. 
  3. Cast aluminum - this beauty is a more luxurious option. Custom sand cast with a brushed finish make this a real statement piece that will last forever. 

Presenting our final versions of a Case Study Modern house number. We’re excited by this and the creative spirit all of these amazing architects brought to the cast study homes project.




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