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MOCKINGBIRD LANE // Victor Sidy, Inc

This home at Mockingbird Lane for many years was a standard-issue post-war house: good bones but nothing remarkable. Over the past decade, the property has been transformed into an elegant live/work complex with all the amenities of modern life. The original shell of the house remains, politely integrating with the scale of the neighborhood.

From busy Mockingbird Lane, the original roofline appears beyond a minimalist concrete wall, suggesting the qualities of precision and a delight in materials that characterize the project throughout. From the rear access street, colorful stacked ‘building blocks’ represent the home of the client’s construction company. A sequence of courtyards links new and old, each space unfolding to the next.

At the Mockingbird Lane home, an ordinary house becomes the unexpected origin point for a lively set of functions: living, working, gardening, and entertaining. This project is the architectural expression of the richness of this entwinement.


Victor Sidy, AIA, is Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Prior to assuming that position, Sidy's architectural practice was based in Dallas, focusing on specialized architectural projects which celebrate the act of making as the departure point for design. His work has appeared and been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Interiors Magazine, Blueprint Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, CNN International, the Home and Garden Network, the Discovery Channel, and numerous other publications and broadcasts.