We’ve featured plenty of beautiful sustainable homes here on 6sqft, many of which include some pretty hi-tech gadgets from geothermal wells to highly reflective roofing materials. But John Grzibowski decided to just use what’s available in nature. He built an Earth-sheltered home in Newburgh, New York that strategically uses the surrounding landscape to insulate itself. The adobe was even built using locally-sourced materials. Why go out and buy expensive technology when we can just use the gifts that Mother Nature gives us?
When you’re avid art collectors like the owners of the Tsai Residence and Guest House, you probably won’t be too impressed with a typical rectangular structure to house your masterpieces. That’s where Swiss-based firm HHF Architects and world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei come in. Working together, they created a unique Y-shaped guest house for the couple’s Ancram, New York property. Each of the home’s three wings has a specific purpose–bedroom, workroom, and art gallery. The simple and effective design “served to link these elements at isolated points and to define the overall appearance of the guesthouse.”
There’s something intriguing about living in a former garage…maybe it’s the lofty openness or the unexpected conversion. But whatever the case, the Writer’s Studio Barn by Hudson Design lives up to our enchantment.
Located in Garrison, New York, the iconic American barn was originally used as a garage with two horse stalls. The conversion was conceived as a tranquil retreat for a couple to find inspiration among the lush landscape and natural views. And the existing stick-frame structure offered a loft with the perfect space and orientation for a secluded studio. It’s now a rustic one-bedroom apartment with room for cars and storage.
3D printing has been making the design and tech rounds lately, from ceramics and construction bricks to cars and mini castles. But there’s one project in the works that’s looking to blow the rest out of the water. New York City-based architect and contractor Adam Kushner of KUSHNER Studios plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed estate in Gardiner, New York, which will include a pool, pool house, and 2,400-square-foot main house–all of which will be constructed using this new technology.
Kushner has teamed up with Italian inventor and engineer Enrico Dini, who will ship a modified version of his D-Shape printer to New York in January. Dini’s printer uses his patented magnesium-based binding process combined with a material like sand to render stone-like objects. Kushner also teamed up with Enrico’s local contact James Wolff, co-founder of Deep Space Industries, which works with NASA on asteroid prospecting, mining, and processing. The three men, along with Nigel Woods, founded D-Shape Enterprises New York. Adam’s construction company In House Group, Inc. will hire D-Shape Enterprises to build the estate.
With fall inching closer, thoughts of sitting fireside with a cup of tea have started to fill our heads. And while the city is a splendid place in the autumn, nothing beats taking in the country air and the crunch of leaves beneath ones feet.
Now up for auction is this perfect fall escape (or full time home)—an incredible property located in the town of Amenia in Dutchess County. The sprawling 17-acre property, a.k.a. Meri-Mac Farm, comes with four bedrooms, 8,500-square-foot farmhouse, a three-stall stable, a horse pasture, pool, poolhouse and a separate guest house with two-bedrooms. Another fun bonus? You can claim one degree of Kevin Bacon—and Meryl Streep—who live nearby.
Back in July, we sat down with Drew Lang of Lang Architecture to chat about his new eco-village, Hudson Woods, located in the Catskills. Now that the homes are finished, they need forever owners (us! us!). Inhabitat NYC featured the gorgeous—and we mean drop dead gorgeous—homes within the private 26-house neighborhood. The community is located upstate, but only two hours from the city; so when you need your fill of civilization you can get to it with ease. OK let’s get to the photos already. See them all here and then catch our interview with Drew.
Now that school’s back in session, we’ve found the perfect solitary haven for reading, writing, and studying. A minimal cube in the woods, the Scholar’s Library by Gluck+ Architects is located in a serene, forested area of Olivebridge, New York. The design is enclosed on the bottom, but open with wrap-around windows on the top. It’s “walls” change with the seasons, turning green in the summer, orange in the fall, and white in the winter.
Just because summer is officially over doesn’t mean we’ve stopped imagining weekend getaways and warm-weather retreats. And the Pool Pavilion in New York´s beautiful Adirondack Mountains along the shores of Lake George is the perfect place to satisfy our daydreams. Design by Gluck+, this elegant recreational structure works as a central gathering space, uniting the existing family and guest houses around a series of exterior and interior spaces. Naturally heated by a deep geothermal well and topped by a luscious green roof, this sustainable shelter blends in beautifully with its rolling environment.
New York-based Gluck+ Architects recently renovated a classic mid-century modern home to its former glory. Built back in 1956, the Rado Redux House in Armonk was originally designed by Czech émigré architect Ladislav Rado, who arrived from Europe with an invitation from Walter Gropius and eventually became Harvard University’s architecture chairman. Exemplary of its time, the building is openly related to its external environment and features influences from Japan.
Built in the middle of an agricultural field in Columbia County, New York, this contemporary home was designed to work around the site’s existing linear grooves, etched into the rolling hills from years of farming. The organization, cladding, and details all take the topography into account, and the house steps up from east to west to follow the contour of the land.