Haffenden House / PARA

  • 12 Feb 2014
  • Houses Selected Works
© Nathan Rader

Architects: PARA
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Jon Lott
Project Team: Jon Lott, Hilary Pinnington, Paul Kneeply
Area: 1125.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nathan Rader, Courtesy of PARA

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From the architect. The Haffenden House is a writing studio with a garage/breezway at ground-level, library and writing space on the second level, and a curved/soft reading room on the third level. The project finds itself within the subur- buban realm, referencing Gianni Pettena’s Ice House from 1972, as a blank spot within the repetive image of “house.”


In the rear yard, the fabric solution is used on the interior as a curtain, offering the owners the flexibility to control the relationship of privacy within their context.

Courtesy of PARA

The poet’s studio uses a translucent silicon-impregnated fabric skin for a lightfilled writing room without the visual distraction of the suburbs. Inside the blank box, between the second and third levels, the section uses a bowl-shaped division, maximizing indirect light for the second level and avoiding any association with the landscape on the third.

© Nathan Rader
Cite: "Haffenden House / PARA" 12 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=476264>


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    pff… details? plans? sections? architecture??

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      i agree. i love the images…but archdaily has typically been a (what seems) like a carefully curated collection that always provide the data necessary to understand a projects architecture. i welcome the project, but wish it had come with more information.
      even the firms website is lacking it…it appears perhaps as renderings and model photos of pending construction?

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    Yeah Baby! You don’t get that by crumpling paper a la Gehry….
    Need plan, sections, musings!

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