During the period of its greatest prosperity, Alexandria, Egypt, on the Mediterranean coast, was a cosmopolitan center of commerce and scholarship. The city was founded by Alexander the Great, who was a pupil of Aristotle, proponent of free expression of ideas. The great pyramids were already thousands of years old when the geometry of Euclid brought further intellectual recognition to Alexandria.

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Alexandria Front View
Alexandria Front
Alexandria Front Entrance
Front Entry
Alexandria Right Rear View
Right Rear View
Alexandria Rear Entrance
Back Entry
Alexandria Stairwell Flow
The Stairway
Alexandria Close Back Door
Closed Back Doors
Alexandria Open Back Door
Open Back Doors
Alexandria Elevation Drawings
Front and Right Elevation Drawings

This commissioned work is inspired by and named for the progressive spirit of this ancient city. An original design by Mark Turpin, it incorporates geometry and "free expression" in an internationally styled, three-story house with seven rooms. The exterior is cloaked in limestone like the pyramids. Unlike the pyramids, this narrow entry leads through the center of the house to reveal an enormous great room with soaring glass walls and ceiling. Three glass pyramids crown the house, a tribute to the master builders of ancient Egypt. Stability and permanence are juxtaposed with bright, airy spaces in an unexpected sculpture called Alexandria.

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