The large circular openings found throughout the home are an ode to Louis Kahn, the architect who designed Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum. The opening, exposing the bones of the stairwell, mimics Kahn’s Phillips Exeter Academy Library in New Hampshire.
“It was a neat way to show a juxtaposition with the natural elements and give it a modern twist,” he says.
Light reflects through the home constantly. No room has only windows on a side of a room.
“If you can get windows on two sides, it’s always just a lot nicer and less of a closet,” he says.
Early one morning after the house was finished, Guiling was standing in the great room looking back at the creek. As the sunlight streamed, a hawk flew from the south, his wings kind of tilted back toward Guiling.
“I could see his whole body was kind of transparent with the morning sun,” he says. “That just made it. If you can design a space, so that part of nature can be encountered in the space it’s a successful space.”
This the second residential home Douglas Guiling has designed and built. It sold March 2020 to a bachelor. Guiling already has multiple residential projects in the works.