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House on a slope is divided into three terraces.

Interior terraces give this house a striking feeling of openness, yet distinguish the separate living spaces. Salt Lake City architects Hallet, Hermanson, & Associates, working with contractor Staff Sorensen, designed the house for Peter Goss and Julia Reid to take advantage of a sloping building site.

On this side of the house, three levels step down the slope. The entry and kitchen occupy the upper (and uphill) level. A dining area is set 4 feet lower down. The lofty living room, 6 feet lower still, gains an impression of greater volume from the two upper levels.

Aside from the changes in elevation, pipe railings, gypsum-board partitions, skylights, and overhead beams also help define the diffeent spaces.

The architects echoed the terrace concept in their treatment of built-in oak bookshelves, which are constructed as stagered platforms--like bleachers--flanking the living room fireplace. These store books, display art objects, and even provide impromptu seating. The bottom platform, surfced in slate, is simply an extension of the hearth.
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