A Mid-Century Modern Home in Indiana by Deborah Berke Partners

Architecture studio Deborah Berke Partners will most likely never stop to amaze us. This mid-century inspired home is yet another example of their stunning work.

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the places in the United States where we will easily find authentic treasures of mid-century modern architecture, the North Penn House was commissioned to Deborah Berke Partners by a local family. The result was an elegant mid-century modern home where contemporary meets modern, and the outdoors dwell in the carefully designed interiors. Let’s take a look!


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Inspired by the modernist buildings in the surrounding area, the New York-based architecture firm, Deborah Berke Partners, created a mid-century inspired residence in the secluded area that sits sits at the top of a hill in Indianapolis.

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With low ceilings, and a flat roof, there are many more elements in the North Penn House that bring us back to the golden days of mid-century modern architecture.

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We conceived of the house as a long low volume with a big roof that would define the edge of the slope and allow the family to inhabit this overlook and feel intimately connected to the surrounding trees and meadow,” said Noah Biklen from Deborah Berke Partners to Dezeen.

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The mid-century modern home features a single storey and floor to ceiling glass windows that help to emphasize the modern feeling and embrace the mid-century nature of the surrounding houses at the bottom of the hill. These large windows also allow for a nice view from the main living area to the outside, creating your typical respect-of-the-natural-surroundings mid-century modern architecture is so well known for.

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The main area of the house is occupied by a large living area, as well as an open plan kitchen, while the more private rooms such as the bedrooms and the kids’ area were left to occupy the edges of the house.

The design of the house balances literal transparency — where the public rooms of the house connect to the expansive landscape beyond — with privacy, so each of the bedrooms has a view to the outside that is quite focused,” said Deborah Berke.

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As for the furniture, the architects and the design team decided to mix mid-century furniture with more contemporary items by names such as Lindsey Adelman, Montis, BDDW, and Chadhaus. Every piece of furniture intends to draw on the architecture and the natural environment surrounding the house.

The color palette for the whole house was kept warm, with notes of leather, wood, and brass that intend to bring the outside in and flatter it.

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“It’s an indoor-outdoor family house, and the living room is really the heart,” said Caroline Wharton Ewing from Deborah Berke Partners.

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The house’s façade, facing a meadow inside the family’s property.

Photos © Chris Cooper, Glint Studios and Kevin Miyazaki


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