On all these projects, Page Duke was brilliant at beautifully completing our sentences. Where the design of the house ended, their work began. They picked up our thoughts and ideas, harmoniously continuing them into the natural environment. The end result is a coherently orchestrated world – attitudes which began inside, meander outside and find themselves at home there, too.
One of our most ambitious collaborations with Page Duke was the design of an estate in Mountain Brook Alabama. Located on 14 plum acres in the middle of a tony 1920s neighborhood, the Owners of this house awarded us the challenge of creating a house of fine lineage. This lovely hillside site was to be our canvas and authentic materials (stone, timber, slate, steel) were to be our paints. The sizable program resulted in a design of a main house, formal in nature, with romantic out-buildings rambling casually out into the landscape. The landscape design mirrors these attitudes perfectly, formal language is spoken, but an immediate apology follows. Photographs of Ben and Gavin’s masterful work on this epic project are included in this journal entry,
Once you’ve discovered a partner of great alliance, other people recognize this and seek reasons to join you again. As fate may have it, new clients will marry us and like any old friendship, we pick up right where we left off. We share tales of recent journeys and show each another what we’ve recently learned.
Musician and lyricist in place, a new song begins.
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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