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1,889 sq. feet

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Environmentally-minded, ambitious Finger Lakes region clients asked us to design and deliver an energy- and material-efficient home, incorporating Grandpa’s slowly deteriorating Southern Tier, NY, barns as skin and structure.

These agricultural components were born again, 65 miles north, re-imagined and re-organized as simple forms derived from environmental need, dependent on the environment, and with an ethos of stewardship and a multi-generational time horizon.

In all these respects, it is a small, modern house with the soul of a barn.

The dwelling is an attempt to poetically and formally resolve the friction between the requirements of a near zero-net-energy, LEED Platinum home (one of only six in New York State) and the desire for an agriculturally-inspired, site-rooted and distinctly contemporary presence on the land.
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