Walker Guest House

This project was Paul Rudolph’s first after breaking his partnership with Ralph Twitchell in 1952. Because of its spatial efficiency and environmental features, it is one of the most exemplary structures of the “Sarasota School.”
Walker Guest House, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Ezra Stoller
Walker Guest House
Photo: Ezra Stoller
Walker Guest House, Architect: Paul Rudolph
Walker Guest House
Photo: Ezra Stoller
Based on an 8-foot grid, the entire enclosed space of the house, containing one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen, and combined living/dining space, is only 576 sq. ft. Each facade is comprised of three 8-ft x 8-ft sections, one of which is fully glazed, with the other two containing screening a plywood flaps counter-weighted with concrete balls. The flaps can be raised an lowered according to privacy, wind, rain and sun conditions. Rudolph called the two extremes of the house “pavilion” (flaps open) and “cave” (flaps closed).

Architect

Paul Rudolph, 1952

Walker Guest House, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Ezra Stoller
Walker Guest House
Photo: Ezra Stoller
Walker Guest House Replica, Photo: Anton Gressl, Esto
Walker Guest House Replica

Walker Guest House Replica

A replica of the house was constructed by the SAF and exhibited on the grounds of The Ringling Museum 2015-2017. The original house was sold in 2019 and moved to another location in California.

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