Long gone were the livestock and recently gone were the antiques, car, and outdoor gear to make way for a new lifetime home for retiring back to the family farm. The existing composition reflected the the Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn pattern in it’s own Little house, Tiny House, Back House, Barn way.
A simple concept governed the program; the barn becomes new living space, the little house becomes guest space, and the ell closest to the barn becomes a screened porch where all can come together. The memory of the barn’s former life is preserved through interior and exterior detailing and finishes.
It it's orange shag carpeted heyday this home was featured in Family Circle magazine as an example of passive solar design. Our renovation prepared this mid-century gem for the next 50 years with new windows, a new mudroom, and a bedroom addition sympathetic to the roof forms of the original house.
Terrapin Passive House has been Pre-certified by PHIUS to meet the Passive House standard. The term passive house refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. More from Wikipedia...
Competition entry for a Sufi temple in the Berkshire Mountains of New York.
The fire left behind a stone foundation, which is a tie to the earth and a tie the earlier community who erected it. This masonry artifact is a symbol of continuity and a bridge to the past. This foundation is within a circle of quartz stones set on the ground. This ring of stone is to be planted throughout with low bush blueberries. This humble plant defines the temple precinct as distinct from the surrounding forest floor. The seasonal changes of the plant animate the site. From early spring leaves, to white berries, to red berries, to deep blue-purple berries, to vibrant red autumn leaves, the plant reminds us of nature's cycles.
Materials have been selected to embody the present time and place and to demonstrate the cycles of nature. The timbers are joined with pegs and joinery that evidence the human hands that have shaped the natural material. Copper panels weather throughout the seasons and display the passage of time. The canvas is enlivened by sunlight that makes it glow and the moving shadows cast by the surrounding trees. The banners at the perimeter of the oculus are animated as the passing breeze catches them. The Universel displays the natural processes of its specific place on the earth.