Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

Dubbed Heavy Metal, the house reflects the owner’s family business—making sheet-metal scales that vary in size from those used in a small laboratory to 18-wheeler weighing.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

Site plan. The steel-clad residence sits on 8 acres of heavily wooded terrain.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

The linear plan houses the living areas in the middle and bedrooms on the east. A perpendicular bar contains a photo studio, library, and master suite.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

View across the entry pool to the garage, which helps define the auto court.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

More than 200 unique 4-foot-by-10-foot cold-rolled steel panels are affixed to the exterior. Each has a unique perforation pattern to modulate light, transparency, and views.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

Some of the panels are hung horizontally instead of vertically to form a brise soleil.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

A band of rocks intersects the ground and wall plane in the master bedroom. Local walnut visually warms the concrete floors.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

The kitchen is flush, minimal, and hidden away behind clear-coated blackened steel panels.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

The back of the house is almost completely transparent. Sliding doors pocket into walls, opening up the house in pleasant weather.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

The master bath, with an outdoor shower beyond.

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

A window at the end of each long hall literalizes the concept of “view corridor.”

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