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Wainscott, New York, Stati Uniti d'America: Sagaponac House by Tsao – Mckown Architects
TsAo & McKown Architects

" A custom-designed house for a hypothetical client explores the universal human desire for both orderliness and spontaneity, while firmly rooting itself to the landscape and creating privacy by shaping the terrain. Design of a 4,500 square foot house at an east Long Island community's master-planned by Richard Meier.

TsAo & McKown Architects

The primary challenge was to design for the needs of a yet-to-be-determined client. Another significant issue was how to root the house to the earth; the nearly flat site in a young growth forest offered no footing.

TsAo & McKown Architects

We responded by reshaping the topography, establishing the first level slightly below grade and sculpting the surrounding terrain into a gentle rise.

TsAo & McKown Architects

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.

TsAo & McKown Architects

The house functions (physically and psychically) 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.

TsAo & McKown Architects

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." Description of the Architects.

TsAo & McKown Architects
TsAo & McKown Architects

Location: Wainscott, UsaArchitect: TsAo & McKOWNArchitects Sq Ft: 4,500Year: 2007

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