T Space / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: Dutchess County, NY,
Design Architect: Steven Holl
Project Advisor: Chris McVoy
Project Architect: Garrick Ambrose
Project Team: Jackie Luk, Lautaro Pereyra, Jeanne Wellinger
Structural Engineering: Silman Associates, PC.
Fabricator: JLP Home Improvement
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Susan Wides


On a four acre site in Dutchess County, New York, a new wooden ”T” space sits near a stone “U” house from 1952, which has a “L” addition from 2001.

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The new gallery floats over the natural landscape. It has nine steel columns and nine elevations, all integrated via proportions of 1:1.618..

A rain skin of natural 2×2 cedar is suspended on stainless steel screws. There is no plumbing, or sheetrock. The interiors are painted plywood and the floor is sanded marine plywood with all the stains of the 4 month construction process exposed.

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Wooden windows, doors and skylights were specifically built for this space. The gallery is reached from the east by a gently sloping wooden ramp, and exited on a wooden ramp through the south elevation which is a large pivoting wall.

Light comes from skylights, cut to achieve 25 foot candles of natural light on the walls, eliminate the need for electricity.

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Cite: "T Space / Steven Holl Architects" 17 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=82147>
  • MJ

    Of course, this is Steven Holl’s own property and gallery. He’s been slowly adding a kind of petting zoo of buildings to it.

    Very nice space.

  • christopher

    beautiful! not crazy about the railings though…

  • phyllis

    hmmmm…it’s not quite what I expect from one of my favorite architects….why this? his adjacent ‘L’ house is a beautiful torqued wall and dense interior full of subtlety…but this? his john pawson phase? testing out details [that we have already seen before]

    and what’s that hovering black frame on the left of the pivot door photo?

    and that rail is too weeny.

  • isla

    at the end, everybody gets minimal…

  • http://greenbuildingindenver.blogspot.com Kevin

    My Dream, a front door I can drive a snowmobile through.