Architectural Digest

2001 Apr

Brio on the Bayou: A Modern Edge for an Artist’s Residence near New Orleans

by Mitchell Owens

Some houses are exemplars of curb appeal, designed to elicit a gasp of admiration from those who drive by.

It isn’t long before the house comes into sight, its square-columned gallery and high-hat roofline crowning its small contoured peninsula like an ancien régime pavilion.

…neoclassical precedents aside, the Dunbar house is gently but resolutely modern … simple and sleek, it broadcasts just enough vernacular grace notes to indicate that although the owner’s and architect’s tastes are twenty first century in tone, their reference points are happily down home.

Project: Bayou Bonfouca