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Dubbed Heavy Metal, the house reflects the owners family businessmaking sheet-metal scales that vary in size from those used in a small laboratory to 18-wheeler weighing.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

  • Dubbed Heavy Metal, the house reflects the owners family businessmaking sheet-metal scales that vary in size from those used in a small laboratory to 18-wheeler weighing.

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    Dubbed Heavy Metal, the house reflects the owners family businessmaking sheet-metal scales that vary in size from those used in a small laboratory to 18-wheeler weighing.

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    Matthew Hufft

    Dubbed Heavy Metal, the house reflects the owner’s family business—making sheet-metal scales that vary in size from those used in a small laboratory to 18-wheeler weighing.

  • Site plan. The steel-clad residence sits on 8 acres of heavily wooded terrain.

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    Site plan. The steel-clad residence sits on 8 acres of heavily wooded terrain.

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    Site plan. The steel-clad residence sits on 8 acres of heavily wooded terrain.

  • The linear plan houses the living areas in the middle and bedrooms on the east. A perpendicular bar contains a photo studio, library, and master suite.

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    The linear plan houses the living areas in the middle and bedrooms on the east. A perpendicular bar contains a photo studio, library, and master suite.

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    Courtesy Hufft Projects

    The linear plan houses the living areas in the middle and bedrooms on the east. A perpendicular bar contains a photo studio, library, and master suite.

  • View across the entry pool to the garage, which helps define the auto court.

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    View across the entry pool to the garage, which helps define the auto court.

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    View across the entry pool to the garage, which helps define the auto court.

  • More than 200 unique 4-foot-by-10-foot cold-rolled steel panels are affixed to the exterior. Each has a unique perforation pattern to modulate light, transparency, and views.

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    More than 200 unique 4-foot-by-10-foot cold-rolled steel panels are affixed to the exterior. Each has a unique perforation pattern to modulate light, transparency, and views.

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    Matthew Hufft

    More than 200 unique 4-foot-by-10-foot cold-rolled steel panels are affixed to the exterior. Each has a unique perforation pattern to modulate light, transparency, and views.

  • Some of the panels are hung horizontally instead of vertically to form a brise soleil.

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    Some of the panels are hung horizontally instead of vertically to form a brise soleil.

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    Some of the panels are hung horizontally instead of vertically to form a brise soleil.

  • A band of rocks intersects the ground and wall plane in the master bedroom. Local walnut visually warms the concrete floors.

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    A band of rocks intersects the ground and wall plane in the master bedroom. Local walnut visually warms the concrete floors.

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    Matthew Hufft

    A band of rocks intersects the ground and wall plane in the master bedroom. Local walnut visually warms the concrete floors.

  • The kitchen is flush, minimal, and hidden away behind clear-coated blackened steel panels.

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    The kitchen is flush, minimal, and hidden away behind clear-coated blackened steel panels.

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    The kitchen is flush, minimal, and hidden away behind clear-coated blackened steel panels.

  • The back of the house is almost completely transparent. Sliding doors pocket into walls, opening up the house in pleasant weather.

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    The back of the house is almost completely transparent. Sliding doors pocket into walls, opening up the house in pleasant weather.

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    Matthew Hufft

    The back of the house is almost completely transparent. Sliding doors pocket into walls, opening up the house in pleasant weather.

  • The master bath, with an outdoor shower beyond.

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    The master bath, with an outdoor shower beyond.

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    The master bath, with an outdoor shower beyond.

  • A window at the end of each long hall literalizes the concept of view corridor.

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    A window at the end of each long hall literalizes the concept of view corridor.

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    A window at the end of each long hall literalizes the concept of “view corridor.”

heavy metal, joplin, mo.
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Architect Matthew Hufft’s marching orders were to design a house that reflects the client’s family business—making industrial scales out of sheet metal. The low-slung structure, clad in cold-rolled sheet metal, fulfills that request, but Hufft, AIA, LEED AP, took the concept a step farther. To some of the glass façades he applied 4-foot-by-10-foot steel panels, each custom-perforated in response to solar gain and privacy needs. Some are installed horizontally as a sun visor. “Each panel has a perforation pattern based on its location,” Hufft says. “The house completely transforms from morning to evening.”

Those double skins inspired another svelte move. Fluorescent strips were inserted between the metal panels and the glass wall, so that the interiors can be brightened from the outside. “When you turn on all the lights, the house glows,” Hufft says. Inside, he made a minimalist kitchen out of metal panels that were blackened and clear-coated to give them a rich patina. Throughout, locally sourced walnut adds warmth. And in fair weather, large sliding doors pocket into walls, opening almost the entire house to the wooded land.

The judges applauded the overall effect. “The perforation pattern adds subtlety,” one noted. “It’s not trying too hard.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge: Matthew Hufft, AIA, LEED AP, Hufft Projects; general contractor: Harry Young, Harry Young Construction, Joplin, Mo.; lighting designer: Derek Porter, Derek Porter Studio, Kansas City, Mo.; landscape architect: John Galloway, 40NORTH, Weston, Mo.; project size: 5,562 square feet; site size: 7.6 acres; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Matthew Hufft.


product details

bathroom fittings: Hansgrohe, www.hansgrohe-usa.com; bathroom fixtures: Duravit, www.duravit.com; cooktop: Wolf, www.subzero-wolf.com; dishwasher: ASKO, www.askousa.com; flooring: Nemo Tile, www.nemotile.com; hardware: Omnia Industries, www.omniaindustries.com; insulation: Icynene, www.icynene.com, Owens Corning, www.owenscorning.com; kitchen fittings: Dornbracht, www.dornbracht.com; kitchen fixtures: Blanco, www.blancoamerica.com; lighting fixtures: Bartco, www.bartcolighting.com, Pure, www.purelighting.com; oven: Wolf, www.subzero-wolf.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; refrigerator: Gaggenau, www.gaggenau.com