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1239 Broadway, Penthouse,

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CASA DE CRYSTAL VIEQUES PUERTO RICO, 1989 

"On the unspoiled Carribbean island of Vieques, just off the easter coast of Puerto Rico, New York architect Henry Myerberg designed a light, breezy vacation home for a Manhattan dealer of 20th century furniture. The original client has since sold the house, but the suitability of Myerberg's original design remains: he drew inspiration from the furniture and structural design of French architect Jean Prouve, a perfect source for a client who sold Prouve furniture. 

Photographs by Peter Mauss/Esto

The structural solution is quite simple: a pair of two-story wishbone- or Y-shaped concrete piers supports a flat concrete roof sheltering a glass box like a giant concrete umbrella. Freed from the task of supporting the roof, the skin becomes open and light, with a simple grid of concrete piers spanned by sliding-glass doors wrapping a wide-open interior. (The wishbone piers don't do all the structural work: round concrete columns placed just inside the window frames, and frameless glass corner windows make the skin feel delicate and almost nonexistent. Although the giant Y-shaped piers and spacious interiors give the house a strong identity, they play a supporting role to the tropical sunlight and spectacular views that fill wall-to-wall windows in every room. 

"Tropical Modern" by Raul A. Barreneche 

Rizzoli International Publications, 2003