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House Between Forest and Field

The design for this private residence takes advantage of the site’s unique topography between forest and field, and draws inspiration from the landscape to create a “forest of cores” which envelop the interior space without enclosing it. The home’s materiality of wood and metal reinterprets the surrounding vernacular of upstate NY barns, transforming the concept of a barn from a utilitarian form to an innovative way of living that connects the homeowners to the site’s scenic landscape. In an inversion of typical homes in the area, bedrooms maintain a direct connection to the landscape at grade, while the elevated living space immerses them within the forest and the distant fields beyond.

Client: Private Client
Location: Duchess County, NY
Dates: Completion: 2020
Sq Footage: 3,500
Program: Residence with garage and landscape
Status: Design Development
Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals); Isabel Sarasa (Project Architect); Laura Lee, Michelle Lin, Emilie O’Neill
Collaborators: Site & Civil Engineering: Thomas Depuy; Structural Engineer: Silman; MEP Engineer: OLA Consulting Engineers, Ltd; Lighting Designer: Lumen Architecture, PLLC; Cost Estimator: Ellana Inc.