June 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm 1 comment

I have a vision! You know how much I like the juxtaposition of  ancient and organic architecture with modern and clean lined furnishings; like the 12th century oil mill recently featured in Freshome magazine—–love  it!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to build a modern glass house into an ancient Roman temple ruin? Inspired by a trip to Tunisia, where spectacular Roman ruins are plentiful, I created in the side yard of my Cocoa Beach home, a meditation garden using a Corinthian column that I chipped up with a hammer and faux painted to look like an ancient ruined Roman column. I added a classic  three-tier water fountain, an iron Mediterranean style garden gate, large old olive urns, lots of Bougainvillea and comfortable garden seating. It was my favorite place to sit with a martini and unwind after a hard day’s work!

Expanding on that idea, I had planned to build a moat around the front of the house with  more “ruined columns and a bridge to the entry.

These ideas have evolved to the concept of  the modern glass house integrated into a “ruin”. Of course you could never build on a historic ruin, but you could construct a “ruin” with crumbling stone walls, “ancient” columns and “ruined”Mosaic floors topped with a modern glass house like architect Phillip Johnson’s famous glass house in Connecticut.

Can you see my vision? Wouldn’t it be spectacular to live in?Can we start construction right now?

I would love to hear your ideas on this concept. I look forward to your comments!

Thanks, Clay

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  • 1. Dennis Johnson  |  June 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I think it is a fantastic idea, I hope you get a chance to create it for a client or for yourself one day!

    I love your blogs your writing skills are superb!



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