Victoria Casasco was part of the initial
urban design charette and acted as a Town Architect in 1987. She
designed buildings in the town that attempted to test the limits
of the code by diverging from typical interpretations and introducing
modern operations of space making. The Appell house abstracts
typical Southern vernacular practices regarding wood construction.
The structural skeleton is exposed and the wood cladding is treated
as an exterior "skin." Also the transparency between
the interior and exterior provides for complex spatial relationships,
while responding to climate. This house and the other building
projects also explore experimental uses of materials. Casasco's
work is among that of several designers who have demonstrated
that the architectural code is potentially quite expansive with
regard to architectural intent.
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