The first project to integrate WFORC and WFORA services, the house is part of a 380-acre 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’.
The massing of the house evolved over a year changing from a monumental roof shape into the final design of three distinct wings connected by a flat section. Perceptually, the house appears as a collection of separate volumes. In contrast, the interior is organized as an ‘open plan’ that merges the main rooms both horizontally and vertically. More
Art pieces will be located strategically converting hallways into galleries and complementing the large vistas of the dramatic landscape.
At the center of the house is a glass elevator topped by skylights. Wrapping around the elevator core is an open wood stairway which filters light to the basement level.
Surrounding the entire perimeter is a stone terrace which deflects and steps with the landscape. It also extrudes into a volume at the lower level garage entrance area.
The house employs several sustainable energy systems including, geothermal heating/cooling, hidden solar hot water heating roof tiles, solar panels, daylight reactive lighting and green materials. As a totality, this system will provide 75% of the energy required to power the house.
The Millerton House is the inaugural project for Workshop for Construction, the General Contractor for the project and also the “build” arm of Workshop for Architecture.