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Goodman House / Preston Scott Cohen

  • 01:00 - 19 March, 2009
Goodman House / Preston Scott Cohen
Goodman House / Preston Scott Cohen

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pine Plains, NY 12567, United States
  • Architects

    Preston Scott Cohen
  • Structural Engineers

    Don Montgomery, Bill Bishop
  • Lighting

    Light This, Inc.,Daina Yurkus
  • Contractor

    EEE, Inc., Eric Wolf
  • Client

    Arnold and Elise Goodman
  • Program

    Administrative building
  • Area

    418.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. A transported, restored and re-erected Dutch barn frame is contained in this house like a guitar in its case. The gabled barn form appears to turn outside in due to a passageway traversing the entire width of the house. 

The breezeway converts into a winter garden by means of slide up screen doors and roll down glass doors. Thermally transformable, the breezeway/winter garden saves energy costs while allowing visual access from the interior living space to the upper reaches of the unheated fifth bay of the barn structure.

The clients' affection for the antiquated timbers combined with their desire for an excessively lit and predominantly undivided interior did not allow for the reintroduction of the mezzanines and partitions that typically stabilize barn structures from within. Therefore, lateral structural stability has been reintroduced by a steel frame surrounding the barn. 

The enclosure wall with windows wraps the peripheral steel frame. It is as if nostalgia caused the emergence of a Modernist paradigm of construction more fitting to a commercial building than to a house. The relationship between compartmental and open spaces, small and large windows, refined and rustic structural components creates a rich and variable environment for living, entertainment, artistic production and exhibition.

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don de armond · November 05, 2011

Architecture Photography: Goodman House / Preston Scott Cohen -

Tang Dingzhi · September 24, 2011

I wonder if somebody could tell me how were the curves of Wu House designed by PS Cohen in 2000 generated??? My Thanks a lot if you can help!!!

Bo Lucky · May 12, 2009

Nice work... four comments though:
1. Roof overhangs are way too small to play a role they should have in prolonging the building lifespan.
2. Heating bills will likely be significant. This is the state of NY.
3. Maintaining such awkwardly placed windows clean will likely be quite a challenge.
4. Seems like more time could be spent on a fenestration design to get some kind of a harmony in this disorder and to provide a user friendly building envelope.
Otherwise ... looks good...

A · March 20, 2009

With the steel frame's independent lateral load resistance criteria, it could have been formally explored to serve as a counter form to the base form of the timber frame thereby creating a dialectic. Regardless if the steel frame is ultimately expresses as a surface (a skin) or a volume wrapping or containing the timber frame, a dialogue between the two protagonists of the project could have yielded a potentially more interest project. Instead the 1:1 relationship yielded a cliched iconography of the barn typology with windows as decorations. Granted, the architect may have had his hands tied behind his back as the client may have stipulated a barn identity for the project but that would simply confirm that for most architects even one as intellectually engaged with the discipline of architecture as PSC really doesn't have a voice in the matter...

bp · March 20, 2009

is this a design within reach outlet store or what?

Lulu · March 20, 2009

Would be a great space for my studio.

Lulu · March 20, 2009

The structure of antiquated timbers looks particulary great. Reminds me a bit of a warehouse. I also love the whole open space with a possibility to transform the areas.

richie · March 20, 2009

l like that.

António · March 20, 2009

Lucky owners!

Franco · March 20, 2009

shut up odris!

terrain · March 20, 2009

Preston Scott Cohen's theoretical discourse translates convincingly into a physical space for every day living.

the big black &amp; white zebr · March 20, 2009


I love houses with the simplicity of a 'Monopoly' piece, but this one tweaks that simplicity with the fenestration and interior space.

Interior and exterior in harmony, both pragmatic WYSIWYG with effortless style and panache... touché.

Chris H · March 20, 2009

What a great space! I really like the aesthetic it gives off. Although I would have liked to see more photos of the mezzanine and then see the breezeway converted for winter garden use. Additionally a few more "detail" photographs would have been good, there were a lot of small interesting little rooms and niches that could have been further documented. All-in-all though a great project.


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