Hidden behind a rollup garage door is this expansive modernist masterpiece that combines elements of Southwest style and Japanese serenity.
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Passers-by have no idea what’s behind that large garage door at 930-32 N. 4th St. in Northern Liberties. They probably think it’s some sort of industrial space. Shoot, we thought it was some sort of industrial space when we walked past it. After all, Northern Liberties was dotted with factories, breweries and workshops once upon a time.
Boy, were we ever wrong.
That garage door and wall hide one of the most stunning contemporary residences we’ve run across in quite a while.
Inspired by midcentury modern design, this spacious, soaring home looks like a Southwest ranch home that’s taken a detour through a Japanese Zen garden.
Everything about this home’s architecture, layout and design truly merits the word “unique,” starting with the Japanese garden in front with its 3,500-gallon goldfish pond.
The living room features two links to this site’s past. One is its floor, which is made from the Pennsylvania bluestone and Belgian blocks that paved the carriage road leading to the stable that stood on this site. The other is under a clear Plexiglas cover: a…