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Zeckendorf House

Client: W. Zeckendorf

Designers: Jacob Berend Bakema

Is restraint the trademark of Dutch architects? The American real-estate tycoon Zeckendorf was evidently captivated by it, seeing as he chose the Dutch architect J.B. Bakema to design his house on the Bahamas. He did not want a romantic palace, but a villa that is suspended above the ocean like a well-oiled machine. Bakema proved that he was a good listener and created a plain, concrete sculpture that offers vistas across land and sea in all directions. The strength of this design is its reduction of luxury to a panoramic view of the world around it.


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