If you’ve traveled north on Orange recently you’ve driven by a hotbed of modern controversy. The newly constructed, Guy Peterson designed ‘perforated house’ at Orange and Prospect has people talking. In fact, Sarasota Herald Tribune published two articles on the house written by real estate editor Harold Bubil. The first article Guy Peterson Turns Heads In Sarasota ran on May 11, which resulted in a lively outpouring of comments, prompting HT to run Bubil’s Peterson Explains Perforated House on May 19th.
I’ve been following the construction of this house ever since the Guy Peterson OFA trade sign appeared on site. I’m a huge Peterson fan and was excited to see he had a house going up on a lot that was so exposed. I made a deliberate effort to drive on Orange regularly so I could watch the construction progress. I even took a couple construction pictures. (Totally weird, I know!) Now that it’s complete, I like it. A lot.
There’s lots of geomerty going on in this design. Rectangles and squares aplenty with the low-slung rectangular front wall, a grid of repeating square perforations, horizontal brown slats of the attached garage and the recessed main tower.
I love the overall utility of the design because every element has a purpose and it’s clean, simple and modern. It’s all good!