This house is conceived diagrammatically as two intersecting volumes, a smaller one sleeved into a larger one. The sleeve diagram was chosen because it contains potentials to challenge disciplinary ideas about how to treat domestic interiors vs. exteriors. Surfaces and edges running from the outside to the inside of the sleeve present an opportunity rethink interiors and exteriors spatially and materially.
Spatially, the sleeve sets up three conditions: outside the outside, inside the outside (or outside the inside), and inside the inside. The final configuration of the sleeve is a larger outer volume containing public spaces of the house and a smaller inner volume containing private spaces. In between the two volumes, a variety of interior spaces are created: intimate spaces for cooking, dining, and living; a tall, thin vertical slice for circulation; and a dramatic entry gallery oriented toward views of the surrounding countryside. Removing space from between the upper sides of the inner and outer volumes creates a cut-out for a roof terrace. Space below the inner volume as it projects beyond the outer is used as a covered parking area.
lower level plan
Materially, the outside of both volumes is fully wrapped (top, bottom, and long sides) by weathered cedar boards. This cedar skin, along with raw concrete wall and floors, runs continuously from outside the outside to inside the inside the outside. Materials inside the inside are softer and more intimate.
Located in the Hudson Valley, approximately two hours north of New York City, the house is an all-season weekend destination for a professional couple residing primarily in the city. The site is an open, rolling hillside and the house is designed to enhance the experience of the surrounding landscape from its outside and inside.
The cedar skin gives the house a rough, weathered texture, a contemporary reinterpretation of old barns in the Hudson Valley. Boards of varying thickness and depth are placed alternately flat and on-end to give the facades depth and pattern. The on-end boards run continuously as screens over the windows on the long sides of the house to emphasize the simplicity of the sleeved volumes. Ends of both volumes are glass walls for maximum views.
Adam Dayem, Farzam Yazdenseta