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Spence House

Metcalfe Architecture & Design

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Project Name

Spence House

Project Status

Built

Size

2,974 sq. feet

Consultants

  • Alan Metcalfe, AIA, LEED AP


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Project Description

Client: This house was designed as a primary residence for a New York City dweller who plans to retire here. Site: The richest experiences happen at the edges of environments (Images 2 and 3). This house is situated on a forest rock outcropping looking out to field, swamp and beyond providing intimate and long distance glimpses of the forest and its animals. Movement: We created excitement with mundane means-a refreshing daily trip from garage to house, revealing a series of views (Image 6)-intimate garden, to the low ceilinged entry, to dramatic, framed interior and exterior vistas. Architectural Language: The design celebrates simplicity, avoiding competition with the dramatic site. It references humble local agricultural sheds and their materials- Red Cedar, Fir and standing seam metal roofing. Feng Shui informed the location and use of spaces. Color: Simple white interior uses punches of color (Image 5) to animate inside layers. Size: High ceilings and long views create a comfortable small house.
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