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Stone Houses / LSS

  • 01:00 - 19 June, 2011
Stone Houses / LSS
Stone Houses / LSS, © Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol
© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol

© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol © Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol © Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol © Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol +40

From the architect. For a very flat 12 acre site dotted with specimen trees, a mother and daughter requested low-maintenance weekend residence for themselves and extended family made of Westchester granite.

© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol
© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol

The property was planned as two separate houses linked with a network of dry-stack stone walls that create a solid and private face at the southern-oriented arrival side of the buildings. The walls unify exterior and interior spaces and knit the buildings together resulting in a series of internal and external courtyard spaces. Floating roofs define living spaces and great expanses of glazing open toward views of the agricultural reserve to the north.

© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol
© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol

The first house has a slot of water that cuts through the courtyard wall to mark the entry which is accessed through an oversized cabinet that pierces the forecourt curtain wall. A long gallery runs east-west along one of the walls and links the public and private wings. A glass bridge cuts across the gallery linking two ends of an elevated guest wing.

© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol
© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol

The second house is entered at its narrowest point, through a glazed hall overlooking a raised garden court. A series of floating roofs connects the entry to the interior and exterior public spaces- all nestled against the stone walls. The private wing is defined in contrast, as a taut box of oak glu-lam portal frames wrapped in a continuous skin of louvers.

© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol
© Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol
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