Dana Cupková

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Epiphyte Lab, Hsu House, Concrete Wall, thermal mass, tiled facades, Clearwood Custom Carpentry and Millwork, rainwater harvesting, forced-air heating system, TPO high-albedo, Energy Star appliances, gypsum boards, strand-woven bamboo floors, recycled PaperStone, Kevin Prat, Dana Cupková, Cornell University, Danby

The Hsu House’s story began when Epiphyte Lab‘s Kevin Pratt was teaching with his studio co-founder Dana Cupkova at Cornell University. The pair were conducting a lecture and in the middle of class they noticed that a stranger had dropped in. The man sitting in the audience was Tony Hsu, a soon-to-be client that had been planning an ambitious, ultra-sustainable home but was in need some assistance. Once past the formalities, the trio quickly went about designing a unique retreat that not only catches the eye with its unconventional form and materiality, but also boasts tons of energy-efficient features like heat storage and rainwater harvesting.

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