The owners wanted a new master bedroom. The result was an extension of piles.
The architects behind the 280 square foot house in Pound Ridge, New York have won honorary prize for their rebuilding of the distinctive house.
The customers, a family of four, contacted the designers of Method Design with the desire for development and changes in their 60’s house.
– We were asked to make three important changes to the house, explains Reese J Campbell, partner of Method Design to Bonytt. no. Customers wanted a proper front door, an extension with a master bedroom and a new, sustainable jacket on the house.
Even though the plan was a restoration we ended up with a brand new house.
The architects tried to adapt to the lush terrain around the house as far as possible.
– We had to adjust to the hilly landscape around the house when we set up the enclosure on the house. It was also important to arrange the interior according to the customer’s wishes. The woman works in NYC while the man works with art, design and music from home and wants a clear distinction between private and “public” rooms.
To solve this, the architects placed the new master bedroom on a collection of columns to visualize all the trees surrounding the house. Under the extension they have placed the new entrance to the house.
– The piles are placed in a structural system that provides an innovative balance, stability and equilibrium, explains Campbell.
The architects also had a conceptual thought behind the cladding of the house.
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The cladding on the different parts of the house should symbolize what is inside and what parts of the house are new and which ones are old, explains the architect. The public areas of the house have got details with warm cedar cladding, which will symbolize the forest and the environment around the house.
The larger flats are covered with a robust cladding of waterproof fiber cement. The dark parts show the older part of the house, while the bright tones show the new and changed parts.
Contact with nature
The Method Design architects put in a large window on the new part of the house, allowing the home to get better contact with nature and optimal lighting conditions.
The house consists of three floors, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, living room and TV room.
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