There is a long history of creative sisters who choose to spend their adult lives together rather than alongside grooms: Jane and Cassandra Austen; Emily and Lavinia Dickinson; Emily and Anne Bronte. Living together offered these sisters the comfortable balance of both emotional support and personal sovereignty.
Following in the tradition of these unbridled creative sisters, the three Stettheimer sisters--famous for their involvement in the Dada movement and for holding early twentieth century salons--commission a shared retreat, a place where they are able to pursue their individual interests in each other’s company. The new dwelling is staged as both a playground for the sisters’ varied hobbies as well as an entertaining space for their friends.
The dwelling takes the shape of three cubic volumes—one for each sister—that intersect along a 45 degree axis that cuts through the building in the form of circulation. The result is a singular volume that provides clearly delineated spaces for each sister as well as overlapping spaces for entertaining. The slices and wedges produced by the 45 degree split create overlooks and recesses, creating a home where visitors are on display, subject to the surveillance of the neurotic and reclusive sisters.