Fri, Dec 4, 2009
This noticeable house has been created by the American architectural studio Andrew Berman Architect. The building, located in Long Island, USA, is designed for a historian as a library and writing studio. The site is adjacent to the owner’s home, and is approached on foot through a stand of trees. There is no drive or path. The library sits at the threshold of an open field and a wood. A tidal stream is visible through the woods.
The building was concerned as a simple structure with a mutable presence in the landscape. It maps a path from the open field, through a doorway at the edge of the woods, to a light tilled space set in the tree canopy.
The interior is defined by douglas fir, books, and light. The exterior shifts in apparent form and color depending on the light of the day, the viewing angle, and the seasons. The copper roof can appear reflective and bright, as well as matte and dark. The velvety browns and violets will slowly give way to green.
Photography: Michael Moran