We are bringing you the second part of the Paul Rudolph`s architectural drawings. This time about his masterful residential designs for which is Rudolph very famous.
Architect stood at the birth of the postwar modernist residential architecture in 1950s, where he moved to Sarasota, Florida. This location is considered today as a important centre of the specific architectural style practiced by some local prominent architects. Rudolph was the greatest from them who were responsible for the new architectural style based on light construction system influenced by local tropical climate. Sarasota modern, how is usually called this style, is characterized by large sunshades, innovative ventilation systems, oversized sliding glass doors, floating staircases, and walls of jalousie windows. These elements dominate many of these buildings, mostly built between 1941 and 1966 by Bert Brosmith, Ralph Twitchell, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert, Jack West, Philip Hiss, Gene Leedy, Mark Hampton and indeed Paul Rudolph.
For Rudolph is this period beginning of his own architectural experiences. He built there many residential projects such as the W. R. Healy House, one-story house built on posts or some others which you can see on the drawings here. His airy geometrical compositions of his early works influenced another later designs. His Sarasota period culminated in the design of Milam residence from 1959 - 1961 which is built from the composition made out of the empty concrete squares and rectangles. Thanks to design scheme of this house, Rudolph`s work was coming to the new brutalist period. Rudolph`s masterpieces look on these drawings very well.