This weekend retreat was designed for a couple who are actively engaged in the arts—he as a Broadway producer, she as a fashion editor. The architects were commissioned to reconstruct a historic gambrel hay barn which had been partially destroyed in a catastrophic fire, and to re-think the interior to become a new house for the couple and their two Labrador retrievers. The barn is one of several buildings which were once part of a working dairy farm.
We restored the exterior volumes of the barn and silo to remain contextual with the other farm buildings on the site. At the same time, the design team radically restructured the interior of the barn, removing the entire second floor to create a free volume. What was formerly the lower level of the barn, used exclusively for storage, is now the main social space of the house. Public and private areas are connected spatially and through the use of durable yet elegant materials such as polished concrete and maple plywood. Interior and exterior connect visually through a wall of glass doors to the garden and fields beyond.
The main floor includes a kitchen, breakfast room, dining/living room, a private office, a separate guest suite, as well as an integral seed-starting garden room. The upper floor includes the master bedroom, master bathroom, library, a private office, wardrobes, and access to the garden and pool at the north end of the site.