The Graphic House by Marlon Blackwell

Marlon Blackwell was asked by house owner Tim Walker “Can I design and build a modern house on my middle-class budget?”. From the looks of it, not only did they do it but they created something quite pleasant to look at. The house is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a place where you might not expect a pocket of modern architecture. The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture is quite well known, for late AIA Gold Medalist Fay Jones. Fay was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Marlon Blackwell was a protege of Fay. The “L” shaped house is roughly 2,400 square feet and was designed for a corner infill lot in an existing 1950s era subdivision. The architecture and materials fit right into a mid century feeling neighborhood. It has that feel of Southern California living with all of its glass walls. I appreciate the materials and color palette used not he exterior of the house. The pattern of brick echoes the rain screen, different materials with complimentary lines. The talented photographer here is Tim Hursley. Tim thanks so much for sharing your wonderful home and giving some of us “middle-class” hope.

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