The 1-acre parcel for the Hinge House was located within aplanned subdivision with a requisite builder and had already been cleared for aMcMansion-style house. Instead of following in the footsteps of all the otherhouses on the block, the client engaged LLB Architects to design a modernvision that they could grow into with their young family. The single-familyresidence was programmed around a central hinge point that separates wings forprivate and public functions, each with an outward crank from the main axis.The single story of the public wing affords the opportunity for a slopedinterior ceiling and clerestory windows, expressive of the form and structure. The private wing contains three bedrooms on the first floor and the master suite on the second floor. Materiality further distinguishes the two wings at the entry, clad in wood onthe private wing and limestone on the public wing. The use of commercialmaterials such as storefront glazing systems, aluminum-clad windows, andAlpolic metal panels were utilized for their durability and low maintenance.The result of these decisions led to a house that is unlike any other in theneighborhood, that meets the family’s exact needs, and is cleverly nicknamedafter its design gestures – the Hinge House.