In Bucks County, a Glassy Homage to Florence & Hans Knoll
To develop previous gracefully in a house requires a couple of nonnegotiables: a single ground (no stairs!); clear sight traces to nature; and room for artwork, family members, and pals collected throughout a lifetime. At the least, that’s what two former Knoll executives requested New York Metropolis–primarily based Structure Analysis Workplace to assemble on their 60-acre property in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “I keep in mind them saying they needed their new residence to be loftlike, with a kitchen and first bed room because the hub,” remembers Kim Yao, accomplice at ARO, who labored with one other accomplice, Stephen Cassell, to orient and assemble the 4,250-square-foot residence an hour north of Philadelphia.
The couple had encountered Cassell and Yao by their work on the Knoll flagship; ARO can be recognized for his or her restoration and growth of the Rothko Chapel in Houston; the DIA Artwork Facilities in Chelsea and Beacon, New York; and the Donald Judd Basis Residence + Studio in SoHo. Like these different tasks, this non-public residence required a way of intimacy however with particular areas for artwork and entertaining that might be straightforward to take care of. “This residence is only for them—it isn’t an emblem,” insists Yao.
The homeowners’ want to embrace the outside is clear as quickly as one turns onto the gravel auto courtroom, which wends over a creek and thru a copse of timber till the historic barn, now painted charcoal, comes into view. A pool enclosed by a low-slung fieldstone wall, laid by native Amish craftspeople, sits on one facet, with the walnut entrance door to the opposite. Related stone partitions, which stretch out from the glassy nice room and pour into the inside right here and there, add an natural texture to an in any other case ur-midcentury mixture of glass, metal, and concrete.
That scrumptious rigidity between previous and new, intimate and grand, tender and austere carries by the gallery/hallway, the place the couple’s assortment of quirky weathervanes hangs on the wall. At one finish lies the understated major bed room, useful and modest, with shelving for the couple’s colourful Roseville pottery, and an understated lavatory that locations a window the place others would have put in a mirror. “We tried to create moments that basically linked to the surface,” notes Cassell.
Within the different route down the gallery is the kitchen, whose galley reads as one large freestanding construction, however which hides a discreet area for the messy work of cooking and entertaining. It floats in the identical area because the eating and primary front room, the place a wood-burning hearth mimics the stone partitions outdoors and structural columns wrapped in Spinneybeck leather-based (a Knoll subsidiary) lend a softness to what’s basically a glass field showcasing a fascinating assortment of furnishings. Two visitor rooms await guests.
“This home is the background for his or her life,” says Yao. “From any angle, they’ll see their artwork and their furnishings. It tells the story of their life collectively.” As a magnet for 3 generations, little doubt this nation eternally residence has many extra tales to inform.