House With Four Gables
A purely symmetrical plan and roof form is broken at its corners, so the quiet strength of the mirrored geometry is clear. This family house has a traditional layout, with four bedrooms upstairs, living spaces on the main floor, and an in-law suite at the lower level. The plan preserves an original garage as its retaining wall, pinswheeling calm spaces around a centrally located stair. A traditional porch swing for two takes advantage of the front porch recess, disarming symmetry's potential to be austere and conservative.