In his book Housing the Environmental Imagination, Dr. Peter Quigley writes, ” By being the most prominent extension of the imaginative into the physical realm, houses are full of communication: they are political statements, social commentary, as well as embodied aesthetic projects.”
Yesterday The Boston Globe published a picture of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s house that just sold in California as well as the new one being built in Massachusetts. The “old one” was a huge house, over eighteen thousand square feet. New one is down sized. Looks to be only about ten thousand square feet. Statement lost per square foot?
Our house in New Hampshire is around two thousand square feet. It is also old, built in 1840. It is our favorite house of the five we have owned.
I have a great room in which to write. It makes the house full of communication, not to ignore the voices that go back and forth. It is the least intentionally statement oriented house we have owned, but it is the most successful for producing imagination, whether that be in the garden or at a desk.