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Berkshire Mountain House in Alfred, Massachusetts by Tsao & McKown Architects

 
July 9th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Tsao & McKown Architects

Nestled into the tree line at the top of a gentle rise, the house folds and unfolds to take advantage of sweeping panoramic views, and wraps upon itself to form an intimate courtyard against the forest’s edge.

The building is conceived as movement through a Fibonacci spiral. The resulting plan allows a graceful progression through the rooms, spiraling up to the highest point, a cozy aerie. The architecture considers the qualities of the light and views throughout the day and seasons, and offers optimal arrangements for different experiences, from breakfast, to midday recreation, to star-gazing from bed.

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

  • Architects: Tsao & McKown Architects
  • Project: Berkshire Mountain House
  • Location: Alfred, Massachusetts, USA
  • Photography: Eric Laignel
  • Project Team: Calvin Tsao FAIA, Zack McKown FAIA, Richard Rhodes, Drew Stuart, Mark Anderson, Randi Mageli
  • Gross sq.ft.: 7,000 sq. ft.

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

The architectural vocabulary and the materials, such as granite from a nearby quarry, were inspired by traditional farm houses and utilitarian buildings of western Massachusetts. Selected in a complementary palette, the varied materials play with textures and hues, and will take on greater character as they age in an evolving dialogue with the natural landscape.

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

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