We go back in time with this Bernstein House (1978) by architect Arthur Cotton Moore, but we thought that such beautiful, organic, round shapes should still be put in the spotlight. After all, old is trending again and this kind of architecture immediately evokes an iconic retro atmosphere.
Arthur Cotton Moore (°1935) is an American architect known for his architecture, master planning, furniture design, paintings and literature. He has worked on important public buildings and places such as the Washington Harbour and the renovation and modernisation of the Thomas Jefferson and John Adams buildings of the Library of Congress and the Cairo Hotel, Washington D.C.'s tallest residential building. The Bernstein House is also located in the American capital.
With the Bernstein residence Moore pushed boundaries.
Moore's style is often referred to as postmodernism, but he once described his style as "Modernism with Baroque sensibilities". "Baroque deals with modern design’s fear and aversion of the curve – exactly what I think is missing in modern design. The curves and round shapes that are lacking in modern design are clearly evident in his architectural designs, especially in the Bernstein House. The undulating shapes make this house special and unique. It is a peculiar but fantastic marvel of modernity. With porthole windows in vertical and horizontal surfaces, conservatory-like windows on the roof and steel balustrades, Moore combined sculptural, freely moving geometries. It is not only the building itself that is made up of undulating lines. The organic curves are also reflected in details such as the round window, the curved swimming pool and windows at the top, and the spiral staircase. In other buildings designed by him, such as the Rizik's shop, and in his furniture designs, we see the same style and flowing lines. With the Bernstein house, he broadened his horizons by combining different elements and textures to create a unique shape.