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As the summer reaches out trying to get us off work we lose more and more time thinking…thinking at how it would be to own a small retreat in our wonderland, a place where you can go at the end of the week and forget about everything for at least two days.
We all imagine different homes, different locations, but we all imagine high end retreats or at least high end locations. The more we search for dreams the closer we believe they will be accomplished, the faster we start doing something about them and reach our goals. Therefore, we will present an example that, initially, did the job for us; it`s a guest house, even though it certainly does not look like one. This particular “guest house” is located in Duchess County, New York and is entitled the LM Guest House.
It has been designed by Desai Chia Architecture and as you would expect, it was meant to create a better environment for the client, a place where he would be able to relax, enjoy the beautiful views and the amazing serene scenario offered by the landscape.
The volume is materialized in a rectangular shape, the horizontal line being accentuated, trying to harm the landscape as little as possible and blend in; with the same idea the shape uses warm colors inspired from the nature around it in order to integrate as much as possible and the walls have been reduced to minimum.
In this simple harmony of perfect shapes the huge amount of glass allows the occupants to enjoy the beautiful view from any angle, and in the same manner it allows the sun and the surroundings to take part in every act that is played inside.Therefore, the interior is flooded with light and your only limit is the roof, roof at which you should not look theoretically when you have such a beautiful image trough out the windows.
Regarding the structure of this “guest house” the author relates “steel frame allows the roof to cantilever dramatically over the open living areas and bedroom.”
Theoretically this “guest house” would be able to accommodate up to six guests into an amazing minimalist interior, simple, elegant and special at least as a concept. You see, the wooden details inside are considered important in the perception, of course wood always gives the impression of coziness and warmth, but here beside that, beside the home feel of a…”guest house” it was meant to offer you that “I’m in the middle of the woods” feeling.Why? Well, you have no limit between the free wood growing outside and the one killed inside treated with all kings of substances.
The architect firm further relates:
““The open living and sleeping areas flow around a compact slatted wood core that disguises the mechanical, storage, and bathing spaces. Two sleeping couchettes with built-in bunk beds provide efficient accommodations for additional weekend guests. Natural white oak wood detailing provides warmth and texture throughout the home.”
If I am to be honest, this was supposed to be the perfect retreat,and the thing that I was looking for this morning.But is it? Clearly no, it`s first of all a “guest house”, I don`t want to imagine the level of opulence of their actual home if this is the guest house and either way that is none of my business. The …building let`s call it, is very beautiful indeed, it`s high end, wonderful materials assembled together materialized perfectly in one rectangular shape, it sounds unique, and most of us have no need for more then that, fair enough. My concern and problem is that I`ve seen this shape and building copied in so many “pieces of art”, if you look bellow it has won lots of awards. This particular design it has a simple origin,Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe finished in 1951 and I`m shocked that someone that would copy so obviously a design would submit the result in contests and would win awards as well, it`s sad and it tells something about the creativity of the architect. I don`t want to destroy the beautiful home, I`m sure it`s fulfilling his purpose in harmonically equilibrium with the environment but I would like to point out that this should not happen.
AIA/NY Design Award
Architizer A+ Design Award- Special Mention
Society of American Registered Architects SARA/NY Gold Award of Excellence
Mechanical Tucker Associates
Lighting_Christine Sciulli Light + Design
Landscape Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Civil Paggi Martin DelBene
Construction Manager Daniel O’Connell Sons
Photography Paul Warchol