Shapiro House, Louis KahnModern Exterior
Bernard and Norma Shapiro House. Photograph by Matt Wargo.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
When Kahn got the commission for the Bernard and Norma Shapiro House in Narberth, Pennsylvania (1958–62), the clients were most impressed with his Trenton Bathhouse, completed in 1955. Shallow, hip (pyramidal) roofs sit over concrete block walls that slide past each other to admit people to the locker room and pool facilities. Kahn took a similar tactic in this house, placing two split-level squares with even shallower hip roofs next to each other, with a small gap between them for stairs and service spaces. (Kahn is famous for articulating the notion of separating ‘served’ and ‘service’ spaces, and for generating architectural expression from their separation.)