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Process

Millerton House

21,000 SF
Millerton, NY

The first project to inte­grate WFORC and WFORA ser­vices, the house is part of a 380-acre pri­vate com­pound com­posed of a guest house, pool/squash house, tennis pavilion and a working farm. Sur­rounded by low, rolling moun­tains and a pic­turesque pond, the house is intended to pro­vide a spa­cious home for the owners and their art col­lec­tion. In the words of the owners, they desired a “museum to live in”.

Working closely with the owners over a period of one year, the design of the house evolved from a more mon­u­mental, sin­gular roof struc­ture into a more “broken down” com­po­si­tion of three inter­con­nected gabled vol­umes on a par­tially buried “plinth”. Despite the large size of the house, this formal strategy gives the house a more appro­priate pres­ence in this pas­toral land­scape.More

The exte­rior is ren­dered with hand-made bricks, zinc roofing and deep set wood win­dows. These more tra­di­tional mate­rials are com­posed into a tightly reg­u­lated geom­etry which empha­sizes the pure forms of each wing or sec­tion. A large glass canopy at the entry and a motor­ized glass “wind screen” at the west ter­race present the only tech­no­log­i­cally com­plex ele­ments on the exterior.

The inte­rior of the house is a fully expressed modern envi­ron­ment. Dis­tinct rooms blend together uni­fying the entire house into one large spa­tial con­tinuum. Over­sized hall­ways become gal­leries and in the case of the second floor hallway, they grow into large rooms. Five large sky­lights dis­trib­uted in dif­ferent areas filter soft, dif­fuse day­light into the house elim­i­nating the need for much arti­fi­cial lighting during the day­time. Three large bed­room wings house en suite lay­outs that are also nat­u­rally lit.

At the center of the house is a large open wood stairway that wraps around a glass ele­vator. The size and pro­por­tions of the stairs make it more of another spa­tial area instead of simply a ver­tical access. The ele­vator shaft is sky lit allowing light to filter down into the base­ment level.

Sup­porting the func­tions of the house is a com­plex MEP system using sev­eral sus­tain­able energy approaches including, geot­hermal heating/cooling, roof panel solar col­lec­tion, PV panels, well water and many sus­tain­able building mate­rials. This mechan­ical system uti­lizes a multi source, heat pump exchange design which in daily oper­a­tion pro­vides nearly 35% of the energy required to operate the house through pas­sive energy sourcing.