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Rural Retreat, Sagaponack, New York, United States

Wednesday 23 Dec 2009

Retreat for all

Michael Moran 
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Derived from ideas of human nature, Rural Retreat accommodates an unspecified demographic 

New York based Tsao-Mckown were required to design the Rural Retreat house for an undetermined client. Due to this, the house aspires to be as accommodating as possible for various types of clients from couples to families.

Tsao-Mckown chose to explore what they believed to be a human ambivalence between the desires for social conformity and complete freedom. The house is ‘sculpted’ into its flat terrain offering high levels of seclusion whilst being open and inviting to its surroundings.

Issues of sustainability were addressed throughout, by placing nearly half of the house below grade; geothermal contributions are significant whilst natural chimney effects spread cool air to upper levels. The External cladding and floors are of sustainable woods, cedar and bamboo, respectively.

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Status Completed
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TsAO & McKOWN Architects

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