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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

“This is such an odd and incomprehensible world. The more I look at it, the more it puzzles me; and I begin to suspect that a man’s bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom.”
-N. Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables

The Hawthorne studio is composed of a complex roofscape, modeled after the undulating enclosure in his novel The House of Seven Gables.

By using the roof alone to define the space, dramatic angles rapidly change the character of the interior as the roof slopes, intersects, and opens.

This studio creates a series of conditions around a central gable spine, off of which balance two smaller spaces–one which is more enclosed and one which is more open, recognizing Hawthorne’s dual desire for solitude and connection to humanity.