Ramblin’ On Ranch Houses

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The Houl by Simon Winstanley Architects, Kendoon, GB

Mid-century America was dominated by the ranch, those low horizontal homes typified by a rambling floor plan. Indeed, the ranch—or “rambler”—accounted for a whopping 9 out of 10 homes built in the US during the 1950s. But by the 1970s, the rambler’s allure began to fade. As the US grew more prosperous, and as such post-war ideals about community and family made way for post-modern cynicism and individualism, Americans began to clamor for larger homes that reflected their personality.

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Experimental Ranch by Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles

But recently, the ranch has enjoyed a resurgence, due to the economic recession and the design’s wide availability and reasonable prices. Though long maligned for its uniformity, these contemporary versions have proved that the ranch can be stylish and modern.

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Okitu House by Bossley Architects, Gisborne, NZ

Glass Pavilion Library In The Woods

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Hockessin Public Libraryikon.5 architects, New Castle, United States

A physical restriction on a building site can lead to interesting design. Delaware-basedikon.5.architects were faced with a challenge when designing an addition for the children’s book section of the Hockessin Public Library. Due to unavoidable constraints on the north, east, and west sides of the library, the only option for extension was south, into a 100-year flood plain.

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Hockessin Public Libraryikon.5 architects, New Castle, United States