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landscape. “With [architect] Mark [DuBois], we were able to be adventurous and build a glass house in the des- ert,” explains Jeanne. “We wanted an abundance of glass to really live in nature, but we also had this art collection that we wanted to build a house for.” The Kleins’ art collection includes pieces by contempo-


“We didn’t want to build a separate structure for the art. We wanted to walk through it


rary and minimalist masters Ellsworth Kelly, Kiki Smith, Richard Serra and Donald Judd. “We didn’t want to build a separate structure for the art. We wanted to walk through it every day — all day,” says Jeanne. Since the 8,000-square-foot Klein home was built just outside Santa Fe 10 years ago, it has been acclaimed as among the finest American homes built for art. One of the centerpieces is an Ellsworth Kelly sculpture around which the living room was designed. Another key piece: a James Turrell Skyspace, embedded into the center of the house. It offers a contemplative space in which to experience the ever-changing Southwest sky.


every day — all day.”


Ensuring the perfect place- ment for the home’s vital art pieces, the Kleins and DuBois, of New York City-based Ohlhausen DuBois Architects, positioned the art before the house was even designed. Then DuBois created huge hallways where the art is


placed. These linear spaces are juxtaposed against big, open living areas accented by glass walls. “As an architect, you have to really understand what your clients are looking for,” DuBois says. “In the case of the Kleins, they love the outdoors, they’re very social peo- ple, and they also have a spectacular art collection. Our challenge was to feel really connected to the landscape but also create a fabulous place for living with art.” The Klein home uses a simple, elegant materials pal-


ette of concrete, basalt, zinc, walnut — and lots of glass. A unique structural glass wall that passes through the center of the home is the only support for the structure’s cantilevered roof. According to DuBois, this utilization of structural glass is the first of its kind in North America. From design to completion, this home project took more than 3 years. DuBois notes that the design went fairly quickly, but the implementation of the structural glass wall added time to the schedule. “We worked very closely with the contractor, fabricator and a British engineer in New York City,” says DuBois, who adds that key people from the engineer’s firm went on to design all the Apple stores with load-bearing glass. “We actually built a full-sized glass panel as a mock-up and sent it to a lab for testing since this was the first time load-bearing glass was used in North America — and there was no way to know if it was going to work.” DuBois points to the fact that the Kleins’ interest in


exploring this design element speaks to their adventur- ous and courageous nature. “They’re really interested in


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