Landmark Modernist Ansley Teardown used Rotation, Superimposition and Poche

When completed about 1986, the Hulse residence wasn't like its neighbors. That made it a landmark.

Some modernists hated it, some traditionalists liked it.

"The Hulse house ... was designed in 1985 by Anthony Ames, Arch '68, for a young couple interested in a modern interpretation of residential living in Atlanta's Ansley Park. The modern house was built on the site of an older dwelling that was demolished." - Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine

In any case it had become a familiar sight and we thought it would last at least as long as a pro football stadium.

Demolition started in earnest on November 6. Most everyone has an opinion. Me too.

Fortunately we have Anthony Ames, the architect himself, on video. He spoke about the Hulse house and you can watch the video from September 24, 2008, Georgia Tech's Architecture Centennial Lecture Series. The Hulse House starts at 30:37 and runs until about 57:00.

From the lecture:

Palazzo Pandolfini (Raphael) was a source of inspiration.

"...pre-modern: ideal and regular, closed, often symmetrical...modern: endless and undefined or loosely defined"

"Consequently I designed a series of houses that allowed for the investigation of the coexhistance of modern and pre-modern space and the uses of rotation superimposition and poche."

"All the projects are the same only the site and the programs change."

Mr. Ames explains it all quite well with a sense of humor.

What is poche? Paraphrasing Mr. Ames: It's the screwy space you get when you superimpose rotated plans. It's good for service infratructure.  Turns out we have some poche in our house.

Sounds like poe-SHAY (Edgar Allan POE and SHEA Stadium).

Be on the lookout for the new house.

P.S. This may be the next Ansley Park teardown:

Its a 1909'er according to property records.