Specht Architects creates austere glass home within the Berkshires

Specht Architects has designed a symmetrical glass pavilion in The Berkshires in Massachusetts that was created as a residence and a spot to showcase antiques.

The purchasers employed Texas-based Specht Architects to construct a 2,000-square-foot (186-square metre) minimalist home with floor-to-ceiling glass partitions that afforded views of the encircling meadow and enormous old-growth timber.

Specht Architects designed the home in The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The 2-bedroom residence acts as an object within the panorama, hovering barely off the bottom with parallel white ground and roof plates that stretch outwards from the glass field

“The method sequence – travelling by means of a forested space after which seeing the symmetrical home on-axis behind a big, open pasture – heightens a way of pilgrimage to the home,” the studio instructed Dezeen.

Replanted natural grasses surrounding bungalow-style glass house with large overhangs by Specht Architects
The axial method consists of replanted pure grasses

The roof extends to create a 15-foot (4.5-metre) vast porch that wraps across the whole home and shades the inside areas, decreasing the house’s heating and cooling load.

Replanted pure grasses will create a dramatic floor aircraft when totally grown.

Bedroom suite with historical artwork hanging over the double bed
Bed room suites function on every finish of the house

Between giant expanses of glass are structural wall segments clad in white and pure gray cementitious stucco, which additionally coats the soffit that conceals a considerable amount of structural metal essential for the big cantilever. The terrace is pure concrete.

The plan balances a bed room suite on every finish with environment friendly, communal areas within the centre.

Natural concrete terrace surrounding rectilinear glass house in The Berkshires by Specht Architects
The terrace is pure concrete

“The finishes embody large, seamless porcelain wall and ground surfaces, and totally hid storage, fixtures, and units,” the crew stated.

“The distinction of this minimalism with the proprietor’s elaborate assortment is dramatic and provides to the otherworldly facet of the home.”

Kitchen at glass house with rectilinear table and see-through chairs
European oak cabinetry and smooth quartz adorn the kitchen

European oak cabinetry and smooth quartz adorn the kitchen, whereas lighting and fixtures are recessed to be practically invisible. The house additionally incorporates in-wall storage that holds further collectables, permitting the house owners to rotate their show gadgets at will.

The laundry room serves as a salon-style artwork gallery – one aspect of the room holds the utilitarian home equipment, whereas the opposite options ornately framed and lit work.

“We hardly ever come across an opportunity to design an ‘object’ home on a very open web site with out neighbouring buildings or different constructed context that necessitates an architectural response,” the studio stated.

“Due to this, a symmetrical home is one thing we’ve by no means executed; nonetheless, it was the proper response to each the location and the proprietor’s minimal program.

“The shape and the method to it creates a heightened drama that’s excessive and considerably sudden.”

Laundry room-cum-art-gallery within glass house by Specht Architects
The laundry room serves as a salon-style artwork gallery

Based by Scott Specht in Austin, Texas, Specht Architects has tasks throughout the nation from a solid concrete residence in Dallas to a low-profile home that appears out to the Santa Fe mountains to a stacked seaside home in New Jersey.

The images is by Dror Baldinger.

Mission credit:

Inside design: By house owners
Panorama structure: Wagner Hodgson
Builder: Greg Wellenkamp
Structural engineering: Barry Engineers