This house is conceived diagrammatically as two intersecting volumes, a smaller one sleeved into a larger one. The sleeve diagram was chosen because it seemed to contain the potential to challenge disciplinary ideas about how to treat domestic interiors vs. exteriors. Spatially, the sleeve sets up three basic conditions: outside the outside, inside the outside (or outside the inside), and inside the inside. Materially, surfaces and edges pulled from the outside to the inside of the sleeve present an opportunity rethink interior and exterior materials.
lower level plan
The cedar skin is intended to give the house a rough, weathered texture, a contemporary take on old barns in New York’s Hudson Valley. Boards of varying thickness and depth are placed alternately flat and on-end to give the facades depth and create pattern. The on-end boards run as screens continuously over the windows on along the long sides of the house to emphasize the simplicity of the sleeved volumes. The ends of both volumes are glass walls for maximum views.
The house is an all-season weekend destination for a professional couple residing primarily in New York City. Located on an open, rolling hillside, the house is designed to enhance the experience of the surrounding landscape from outside and inside.
Adam Dayem, Farzam Yazdenseta