A Renaissance couple, passionate about modernist architecture, challenged us to work within that language on a rural, partially wooded site. The buildings were under renovation and the site held many possibilities.
The final design was about visual alignment. The solution organized the landscape around a graceful driveway, a redefined woodland edge, a quintessential Vermont orchard, and generous decks, all created to display specific open views. The guesthouse is now connected to the main residence via a tapered set of granite and lawn steps. Using the classic technique of forced perspective, the language of Modernism spoke to the rural landscape beyond the buildings. The geometries of the orchard and the related sculpting of the land, adjust the visual distance between the two buildings. Through this design, the tension between what is seen and what is hidden is carefully choreographed. As you follow along the drive, the tree-line opens to reveal distant views, and the buildings appear to rotate as you pass them. The deck configuration conforms to the sight-lines and views. The Terrigenous design utilized foundation plantings to complement the architecture; and two varieties of grass installed in rigid geometrical beds, complete the entrance.