Launch Slideshow

writer's studio, ghent, n.y.

outbuilding / merit

writer's studio, ghent, n.y.

outbuilding / merit

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    Elliott Kaufman Photography

    With its abstracted building forms and deftly controlled surfaces—matte on the outside, highly polished within—this single-purpose building delivers multiple layers of surprise.

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    Elliott Kaufman

    With its abstracted building forms and deftly controlled surfaces—matte on the outside, highly polished within—this single-purpose building delivers multiple layers of surprise.

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    Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture

    The Writer’s Studio’s floor plan.

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    Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture

    The project in section.

wendy evans joseph architecture, new york city

A dark, quiet, enigmatic shape in the woods, this building responds to a very simple program. “It's mostly about reading and writing, watching the fire, and listening to music,” says Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, LEED AP.

But in simplicity there is power, and Joseph's distilled forms and highly tuned surfaces imbue familiar elements with iconic force. Our judges noted the deft handling of walnut in building assemblies and sculptural custom furnishings.

principal in charge / project architect: Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, LEED AP, Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture;
general contractor: Jim Romanchuk, James Romanchuk & Sons, Hudson, N.Y.;
landscape architect: Peter G. Rolland, FASLA, Peter G. Rolland, FASLA, Landscape Architect, Rye, N.Y.;
structural engineer: Nat Oppenheimer, P.E., LEED AP, Robert Silman Associates, New York City;
horticulturist: Bob Hyland, Loomis Creek Nursery, Hudson;
project size: 550 square feet;
site size: 100 acres;
construction cost: Withheld;
photography: Elliott Kaufman Photography.

product specs
bathroom fixtures: Lefroy Brooks; bathroom fixtures: Kohler Co.; hvac equipment: Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA; kitchen fittings: Franke Consumer Products; kitchen fixtures: Julien; lighting fixtures: USA Illumination; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; refrigerator: Sub-Zero