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House between Forest and Field is inspired by its immediate site: the anatomy of the forest and the space of the fields. The family that will live here will come into daily contact with the land, oscillating between the intimacy of the forest and the expansiveness of the changing hills of Dutchess County beyond.

The house is designed with traditional wood stud framing on a slab on grade. In addition to the perimeter walls, the vertical structure of the house relies on a field of “cores”. Clad in wood, these trunk-like volumes emerge from a polished concrete ground floor as if from a forest floor into the abstract white space of the house. As a result of frequent supports, the roof’s depth is kept to a minimum, and as a result of geothermal energy, remains uncluttered. A covered porch extends the home’s interior outward into the landscape, while appearing ambiguously as an interior space, due to the continuity of the house’s cedar rain screen cladding.

While the form and materials of the house reinterpret the surrounding vernacular of upstate New York agricultural structures, from within, the abstraction of volumes, details and proportions will resonate with the forest and fields surrounding the house.

The wood-clad cores syncopate the space inside without dividing it fully into rooms. One core is a chimney; another a library; a storage cabinet, a stair volume, powder room, the kitchen.

Client: Private Client
Location: Duchess County, NY
Status: Phase 1 Completed; Phase 2 Under Construction
Dates: 2019 – 2022
Sq Footage: 3,500sf
Program: Private home for a family of four on a 13 acre property.
Environmental: Geothermal

Design Team (Phase 1): Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang | Isabel Sarasa | Laura Lee, Jason Kim | 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

Builders: UCE Fine Builders