Berkshire Mountain House / Tsao & McKown Architects

Berkshire Mountain House / Tsao & McKown Architects

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  • Contractor:Peter Whitehead
  • Surveyor:Kelly, Granger, Parsons & Associates, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect:Arnold Associates Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
  • Project Team:Calvin Tsao, FAIA; Zack McKown, FAIA; Richard Rhodes, Drew Stuart, Mark Anderson, Randi Mageli
  • Structural Engineer:Robert Silman Associates, P.C.
  • Consulting Engineer Mep:Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP
  • Lead Supplier:Mayco Industries LLC
  • Lead Detailer:2 Priorsdean Close
  • Mep Consultant & Fabricator:Moran Heating and Cooling
  • Fireplace Consultant:Halsted Welles Associates
  • Lighting Consultant:Wald Studio LLC
  • Acousticians:Shen, Milsom & Wilke
  • Metalwork:J.F. Graney Metal Design
  • City:Alford
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Text description provided by the architects. Nestled into the tree line at the top of a gentle rise, the house folds and unfolds to take advantage of sweeping panoramic views, and wraps upon itself to form an intimate courtyard against the forest’s edge.

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The building is conceived as movement through a Fibonacci spiral. The resulting plan allows a graceful progression through the rooms, spiraling up to the highest point, a cozy aerie. The architecture considers the qualities of the light and views throughout the day and seasons, and offers optimal arrangements for different experiences, from breakfast, to midday recreation, to star-gazing from bed.

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The architectural vocabulary and the materials, such as granite from a nearby quarry, were inspired by traditional farm houses and utilitarian buildings of western Massachusetts. Selected in a complementary palette, the varied materials play with textures and hues, and will take on greater character as they age in an evolving dialogue with the natural landscape.

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Cite: "Berkshire Mountain House / Tsao & McKown Architects" 17 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/785526/berkshire-mountain-house-tsao-and-mckown-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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