This collection of structures is designed equally for multi-generational family living and entertaining, and for individual work and respite. The plan focuses inward to two existing monumental trees to the north and outward to sweeping meadow views to the south.
The site is adjacent to a working farm and the responding vernacular farmhouse forms are stitched together with low-slung modernist connectors that support solar photovoltaics and green roofs. The indoor-outdoor connections are reinforced by axial stone walls that run through the home and out into the landscape which includes a series of distinct outdoor living areas and a natural pool. A seasonally open glass breezeway connects the garage to the home and looks out onto a shaded sculpture garden, allowing a moment of decompression in nature prior to entering the home.
The low-maintenance material palette enveloping high performance wall assemblies is composed of local stone, charred wood, zinc, and corten steel – elemental rather than synthetic surfaces which will patina over time. The building systems include radiant heat, geo-thermal heat pumps, and energy recovery ventilation.