Twin Bridges

The modern farm pavilion is a ground-up building addition that sits confidently behind the restored Victorian structure (circa 1860), drawing influences from the local Dutch and Shaker vernacular and referencing the confident form of early Victorian homes in America.  Workstead is exploring the concept of a building as a straightforward, monumental form, acting as a lantern in the night, set against and within the landscape.  The new building is composed of black painted wood clapboard, rounded at four corners, with double-height glass windows.  A central hearth organizes the space and serves as a monolithic entry wall, with kitchen cabinets and dining shelving on adjacent sides. The experience of dining in the landscape has been carefully considered, as breakfast occurs in the Kitchen with the sunrise to the East, and dinner occurs in the Dining Room with the sunset to the West.  Tucked away from the kitchen, a curving stair leads to a landing, connecting the master suite to additional bedrooms in the Victorian structure.  An enclosed glass passage connects the old to new on first and second floors, offering an alternate entry to the original, more formal wood-paneled foyer.

Location

Copake, NY

Year

2017-2020

Role

  • Building Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design