Rural Retreat, House Design by TsAO & McKOWN Architects in New YorkFebruary 19th, 2009 - Posted in Home Design Ideas
Rural Retreat is located in Wainscot, New York, United States and was designed by TsAO & McKOWN Architects. The primary challenge was to design for the needs of a yet-to-be-determined client. Another significant question was how to root the house design of Rural Retreat to the earth; the nearly flat site in a young growth forest offered no footing.
We responded by reshaping the topography, establishing the first level slightly below grade and sculpting the surrounding terrain into a gentle rise. In addition to anchoring the house, this also allowed the visible volume to be reduced, and enabled the creation of indoor/outdoor spaces that are at once secluded, yet very open to their surroundings.
The house in New York functions (physically and psychologically) on multiple levels, as much an intimate retreat for two (or one) as an accommodating host to an extended family (or numerous guests), thus promoting multiple, overlapping narratives.
Above, the public face; contained, controlled, consistent. Below, the private sphere; free-wheeling and spontaneous. We chose to embrace, rather than deny, this inherent ambivalence – a duality that is universal to the human condition. more house design in United States