M&M House / Stan Allen Architect

© Pablo Gerson

Architects: Stan Allen Architect
Location: New York,
Project Team: Giancarlo Valle, Marc McQuade, Chris Oliver
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Gerson, Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect

Structural Engineers: Robert Silman Associates
Landscape Architect: Edwina van Gal

From the architect. The M&M House is a weekend retreat constructed on a five acre wooded lot. The client is a well-known New York artist and her husband. The first phase, a modest, one story house, was constructed in 2000. Organized like an open loft space, all services are concentrated in a compact central block, allowing natural cross ventilation and optimal use of living space. Responding to the constraints of the sloping site, the house is orientated to capture light and views, while the painted wood siding echoes the rhythm of the trees on site.

© Pablo Gerson

In 2011, the clients approached us with a new brief: a working studio, garage and new entry. The result is a vertical counterpoint to the horizontal body of the existing house, which houses the inward looking space of the working artist’s studio. The space between becomes an extended open foyer which frames a courtyard space and serves for the exhibition of work. The lot slopes gently down to a stream and this second phase was an opportunity to implement a new landscape strategy. Working closely with the landscape architect, we created a structured geometric frame for the house, which contrasts to the naturalistic character of the larger site.

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The M&M studio addition was designed shortly after completion of the Maribor Art Gallery. The studio employs a similar five-sided plan strategy and figural roof geometries; what had been a space for the exhibition of art is re-purposed for a space dedicated to the production of art.

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Cite: "M&M House / Stan Allen Architect" 07 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=407029>
  • Tie

    I want to see the RCP for that studio space lol! Seriously, this is a good project, keep the Stan Allen work coming Archdaily!

  • Bo

    Who would have believed that little gem was on 5th ave?