Pull Through House
This house is located on a knoll of rock that offers northwest views up the Hudson River. The design engages the site over time in three ways:
1) Phenomena of animals, vegetation and weather that change human experience I including views of Hudson River in the Winter, a waterfall in the Spring, fall foliage of southwest hills in the Autumn and prairie of illuminated fireflies in the Summer;
2) Thermodynamic differences for passive cooling in the summer and warming in the winter;
3) Access between the shelter of the house and the site as sensory experience of touch, view, sound and smell.
The house is ground to the north and cantilevered from rock outcroppings to the south. A three-story solar chimney uses natural light to anchor a ceramic studio below to a Moon room above, using passive solar design with a wraparound porch to seasonally filter the sun from the harsher south and west exposures.
The roof of the house shelters a massing below that wraps around the west and north sides of the knoll below. The roof of the southeast facing entry court may be a retractable fabric to block direct sunlight while allowing a higher warm layer of air escape via the solar chimney, drawing cool air into the house south of the carport and from the shaded north slope of the site. The roof should provide ample insulation and collect water for irrigation.
Architect: Speranza Architecture + Urban Design; Philip Speranza, Principal; Garrett Leaver, Daniel Matallana-Mejia, Gillian Hevey, Stephen Maher, Allen Suwardi; Landscape Architectural Design, Alden Carr, Derek Rayle
Structural Engineer: Robert Murray Engineering
Contractor: Kathryn and Mike Whitman, Quatrefoil Builders
Civil Engineering: Rod Mossison, LRC Group
Ecologist, Wetlands: Michael Nowicki, Ecological Solutions