Architecture firm Desai Chia Architecture has designed what could be the perfect home for upstate New York’s countryside — a glass box offering incredible views of the landscape that surrounds it.
The 2,000 square foot guest house is intended to be a contemplative retreat for weekenders, providing vast unobstructed views. It will also keep guests comfortable through geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floors, natural ventilation, motorized solar shades, and photovoltaic panels. It’s even able to capture rainwater for irrigation.
It uses steel beams for its structure and a wood core, but the real focus of this home are its windows. The façade of the house was designed as a thermally robust system of high-performance, triple-paned glass units that in some places are as wide as 20 feet. Much of this structure was prefabricated off-site and assembled later.
Weekend visitors will be able to enjoy a carefully developed landscape featuring native vegetation. Local bluestone slabs and shale were also added to create outdoor seating areas and pathways.