Site Size: 365 acres
Project Size: 2,000 square feet
- Built-up roofing: Carlisle
- Wood frame windows: Tischler und Sohn (USA) Limited
- Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Descience Laboratories)
Program: The clients, for their sprawling, 365-acre working farm in Dutchess County, New York, requested a quiet weekend house patterned after Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House (1951). They asked for a glass facade with unobstructed views of the landscape, and the architects encouraged the client to incorporate sustainable features that would not compromise the design concept.
Solution:The one-story box, wrapped in triple-paned glass, rests on a concrete foundation built on a rock outcropping on a hill. Four steel columns function as legs supporting a cantilevered tabletop roof. With the columns hidden in the core of the rectangular volume, the house seems to float above ground.
The master bedroom and living, kitchen, and dining spaces are exposed on either side, though the master bedroom can be screened off with sliding oak panels. The remaining interior spaces, including two sleeping nooks with bunk beds, a bathroom, and storage room, are enclosed with slatted white oak for privacy.
The prefabricated glass facade was shipped in a container and assembled on site in two days. The house has a number of sustainable design features, including geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floors, natural ventilation, automatic solar shades, photovoltaic panels, and rainwater collection for irrigation. Native vegetation mitigates storm water run-off, and bluestone slabs and shale excavated from the site were used for a terrace and outdoor paths.
Desai Chia Architecture PC
37 West 20th Street, 710
New York, NY 10011