Plunkett House

Bruce Goff
Tyler, CA

Plunkett House at The Villages in Flint, Texas. South of the beautiful Rose City-Tyler Texas. This extroadinary architectural work has 3 levels and views beautiful east Texas woods. Offering over 3,500 sf of living area, it has kitchen and bathroom updates, existing artifacts such as a classic Goff glass table setting on rebar, spiral staircase, circular office desk for space efficiency. The home is intriguing with the original neon exterior globe lighting in luminiescent green that work after 35 years. A symmetrical three storey design with equal L's at right angles. At the intersection is a quarter-circle lounge, overlooking a deep forest ravine. The sloped roof has alternationg two-by-fours and two-by-sixes nailed continuously. The deck is exposed inside as the ceiling. The overhang of the roof deck flares out at the corners, emphasizing the massing and providing a sweeping curve tht relates to the shape of the lounge. The stair is at the centre of the interior, its circular shape contained within a masonry cylinder.
The exterior walls are designed as a series of semi-circular motifs. Perhaps the most intresting detail of the Plunkett House is the interior decorative empahasis of the structural intereection at the corners. The roof deck is supported on a welded frame of tubular steel. The lines of structural supports are kept back from the corners and ar joined by a diagonal which serves as the saddle for cantilevering the structural tubes to the extended point intersection of the eaves. At this point, a transparrent corner is complemented by dramatic folded damonds of patterned mirror and glass mosaic and edged by structural tubes. Like the boss of Gothic masonry vault, the point of structural focus is also the point of ornamental emphasis.
Bruce Goff(1904-1982) was one of the most inventive and iconoclastic architects of the twentieth centruy. Born in Kansas, he spent most of his life practicing in Oklahoma, Chcago, and Texas. In addition to his pursuit of "design for the continuous present" through architecture, Goff was also an artist and in the 1930's, a composer of modern peano compositions. Apart form his own innate creativity, Goff found inspiration for his work froom a variety of sources, including the architecture of Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Antonio Gaudi, Erich Mendelsohn, modern European fine arts and music, and the arts of Japan and Southeast Asia.
In a career that spanned mor ethan six decades, Goff saw alomost a hukndred a fifty of hils architectural designs-of a total oeuvre of more than five hundred-built in fifteen states. While the majority of his projects were private residences, commercial and civic builidigs appeared throughout in both large and small-scale commissions. fIn each of these designs, Goff's sensitivity to client, site, space, and material set him apart from the mainstream.