Architect for Addition: dhla, Chicago, IL; Dominick Hart, AIA
Architect for Renovation: Hawaii Island Architects, LLC, Keauhou, HI; Roger Brasel, AIA
An Evolution of Flight, Phase III
7 @ approx. 2.8' w. by 4.7' h. each
Bathroom Window, Phase II
2.0' w. by 3.0' h.
Sunroom Windows, Phase I
Three at 8.0' h. each
An Evolution of Flight was the final of three phases of stained glass-making for a fifteen+ year renovation of a 1940‘s-era brick home in Dallas. I first met this client shortly after graduating from LSU and moving to Dallas. (Even though they’re now great friends, they prefer to remain anonymous, hence “the client.”) Way back then they asked to make stained glass windows to transform the existing front porch into a sunroom. I never would have imagined that fifteen years later I would be asked to create windows for a post modern addition to the back of the very same residence. And somewhere along the way we did a fun bathroom window when renovations progressed to mid-house.
The final addition added a library and gallery space for a growing art collection, modern kitchen and master bedroom suite. An otherwise schizophrenic mixture of architectural styles might have been jarring, but this was avoided thanks to narrow lots in this part of town. The interior transition happens surprisingly subtly as you move from the front door to the new addition in back. Both exteriors are never visible at the same time.
To help integrate these disparate styles, the design of the earlier sunroom windows was revisited. Their original stained glass relied on an achromatic glass pallet and the reiteration of traditional, round-topped windows elsewhere in the house. You’ll find a pretty faithful redux of the sunroom stained glass in the first window in An Evolution of Flight. Located around the corner from from the other six AEOF windows, this new window looks like one of the front windows with attitude. . . As the starting point for the newest opus, the rest of the design germinates from this seed into a lyrical, whimsical suite of windows that flow across the upper level of the new addition.
By relying once again on an achromatic palette of clear, gray and opal glasses and lenses, An Evolution of Flight retains its excitement and animation throughout the day and night, whether viewed from inside or out. Its transparency and lack of color admit diffuse light that enhances and even merges with the contemporary art collection while preserving great views out over tree canopies to a city park.
Materials: German, French & Domestic Mouthblown Glass; Machine- and Hand-rolled Glass; Hand-pressed lenses; Lead; Solder.