A humble but unique family home in Gisborne has been named the supreme winner in the 2019 Resene Architectural Designers NZ Design Awards. The judges praised the “exceptional” design, saying Andrew Simpson had taken a small house and made it large.
This house was originally constructed in 1889 by a prominent physician from San Francisco as a family retreat and farm. Following his death, his wife and daughters continued to maintain the property raising poultry and planting numerous fruit trees.
A short drive from New York City, the Clinton Corners residence is nestled discreetly on a sylvan lot in the Hudson Valley. The house was envisioned as both a family retreat for weekends away from the city and a gathering space for special occasions.
Although they owned two acres of land, our client’s requirements were modest. They asked us to build a 2100 sft single level pavilion as a retreat to escape the frenetic pace of Mumbai life and to reinvigorate the senses.
On a site with challenging accessibility, no electricity, no water and no cellular service, the Phoenix retreat is conceived as a folly in the landscape; a viewing platform, a fire lookout, a shady spot for a picnic, a remote crash pad for limited stays, a place to become detached, a place to commune with the landscape, a place for contemplation.
The Keffer Passive House is Pike County, Pennsylvania’s first home designed to meet the Passive House standard. The house is a weekend family retreat for a retired couple from the New York metropolitan area.