We were asked to design a small house on a thirty-four acre, south sloping property in Pine Plains, New York that will be a couple's home away from home outside of the city. Their wish was to have as much open space as possible, with only the bathroom and a storage space as enclosed rooms. They own a limited edition Airstream, and asked us to design the house around the idea that the Airstream could stand inside during colder months, acting as a bedroom and another bathroom, and roll outside in summer months, essentially allowing the livable space to grow and more people to stay.
Our design is rectangular in plan, with large operable windows facing south that allow the passage of the Airstream. Because the interior is fundamentally open plan, we explored an undulating roof line to delineate inside space, evoking a barn-like feeling that speaks to the local vernacular of the area. Skylights let northern light filter in from the backside of the house, and a low opening on the south side allows natural ventilation to be utilized in the summer to cool the space. A large deck with wood slat overhang overlooks the beautiful view into the rolling hills beyond, and enables the winter sun to filter deep into the house, while blocking the summer sun from penetrating.
The project is anticipated to go into construction in spring 2016.