The DPR House is a significant AIA Honor Award winning design by architecture firm Method Design, situated in the town of Pound Ridge, New York. The project was a 500 square foot addition and full renovation to an existing 1960â€™s modern house on a sloped site. The architects were asked to reconsider three major aspects of the current condition â€“ creation of a formal entry, an addition of a master suite, and a sustainable re-cladding of the entire house.
Their approach centered on a qualitative response to the inherent characteristics of the site, which included intrusion of large old growth trees into the immediate area of the house, the dramatic coloration of the siteâ€™s seasonal foliage, and the daily use of the occupants which prescribed clear articulation of private and public space.
The response to these challenges entailed floating a new master suite on a forest of columns that reinforce an existing line of trees and create a procession towards the newly organized formal entry suspended underneath. The columns themselves operate as a sophisticated structural system where each tips towards a projected point at the center of gravity, giving an innovative balance, stability and equilibrium to the new addition. Public areas are detailed with a rain screen of warm cedar finishes reflecting the outdoor environment in which they are situated.
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