Miller House, Lexington, Kentucky: 1990- 1993
Co-Designed with architect José Oubrerie

PROGRAM

Budget: $1,250,000
Scope: Modern experimental home or three dwellings with-in one house, including 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a body & soul tower, library & art room, spa, media room, living room, dining room, professional kitchen, elevator, bride-soleil, free standing sculptural fire place, 2 car garage, fruit tree orchard, landscape design and water collection.
5000 Square Feet

Status

Completed

PROJECT TEAM

Architect: José Oubrerie
Project Manager: Keith Plymale
Architectural Intern: David Soka
Contractor: Roger Lashbrook
Master Carpenter: Tim Klarer
Permitting and Consulting Architect: Michael Jacobs
Structural Engineer: Peyman Jahed

Miller house

José Oubrerie; architect and protégé of Le Corbusier, offered a group of young designers an opportunity to design and build a new type of house with him. Keith Plymale was Oubrerie’s primary assistant and project manager from beginning to completion of the project, 1989-1993. Plymale and Oubrerie each received independent AIA Honor awards for their work together on the Miller House.

Robert and Penny Miller asked that the house redefine ‘sub-urban’ and the communal family dwelling, embodying a redefined response to a program of 'three dwellings in one house’. The parents and college aged son and daughter lived on distinctly different schedules, commuting home and leaving at different times and days. This contemporary reality, necessitated a rethinking of the organization of the traditional home into a three part house that could be activated and deactivated depending on who was home when.

A complex design, the interior of Miller House is a network of suspended living spaces connected by a series of catwalks and bridges. The communal ground floor living space is notable for its open environment, the exploded concrete ‘cube’ of the exterior envelope flood the interior wood and glass structure with natural light, color, slices of sky and fragmented and framed views of the Kentucky landscape. 

Alongside Oubrerie, the team of Plymale, David Soka, Cicely Wylde Oubrerie and others worked to make the experimental house a respected element of 20th century architectural history. 

Architectural Historian Kenneth Frampton featured The Miller House in his book American Masterworks: The Twentieth Century House, Rizzoli, NY 1995. 

The Miller House is also published in

  • Yukio Futagawa, Global Architecture Houses #35, A.D.A. EDITA, Tokyo, 1992 

  • Todd Gannon, Et in Suburbia Ego: Jose’ Oubrerie’s Miller House, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, 2013

  • Terrance Riley, The Un-Private House, Museum of modern Art, NY, 1999

  • Oscar Riera Ojeda, Architecture With And Without Le Corbusier, ORO & City College, NY 2010