When Svend Fruit of the architectural and design firm Bodron
Fruit was chosen to design and build a modern home for his clients, he knew he wanted to do something a little different.
The lot is on a street in Old Preston Hollow that is home to some of Dallas’ modern architectural masterpieces,
which stand in stark contrast to the more traditional homes of the neighborhood.
Two of the modern white homes on the block are built around a center courtyard. Fruit decided to take a different approach.
On the 100 x 122-foot lot, which is replete with a generous tree, the home seems larger because of the direct sight line from front to back.
Behind a street-side esplanade of magnolia trees, exterior wood and textured exposed stone bricks seem to blend with the site,
and the substantial back lawn seems to go on forever, creating a sense of volume and airiness.
The interior space continues that voluminous feeling with a high-ceilinged living room and lower ceilings in the adjoining rooms.
Huge walls of glass to smaller rectangular windows in private areas fill the home with light. Fruit refers to it as “borrowed light.”
And, he says, “I worked extensively on hospitality projects in the South Pacific. I was particularly influenced by the private bathroom courtyards in Bali that let the outside in but still maintained total privacy.”
Like the majority of Bodron/Fruit projects, the house is designed to accommodate a significant art collection,
Scenery and the designers worked in tandem with art advisor Michael Thomas.
Says Fruit, “We’ve worked with Thomas before, and in this project, more than others, the art really is the reflection of the homeowners.”
Thomas is more than an art advisor—he is an art philosopher and subscribes to the notion that the artist’s vocabulary will inform the collection.
He chooses clients carefully for an abiding synergy; his relationship with his clients is for a lifetime and occasionally lasts through the next generation.
And he believes that an important collection should only be passed between two generations before being donated to an institution so others may enjoy it.
Scenery His knowledge of modern and contemporary art is encyclopedic, and he shares that with his clients.
“I think a life changes through collecting art, a person grows along with his or her collections,” he says.
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