The Spring Glen House explores the use of prefabricated building systems (e.g. gas station canopy structures, storefront glazing) to connect with the unique character of a specific place, an abandoned foothills farm in the southern Catskills. The intent is to build a new house in Spring Glen and to connect in fundamental ways to this unique place, to become a part of its physical and cultural topography. The experiment is to do so with prefabricated systems, remotely manufactured, transported to Spring Glen and assembled on the site.
The house location is carefully chosen, not for its flat contours or vehicle accessibility, but for its southern exposure, sheltering topography and relationship to the humble stone walls which remain as the primary organizers of the landscape. Instead of flattening theland to accept the structure, the house is raised above the ground, allowing the land’s gentle slopes to pass beneath with minimum disturbance of up-slope and down-slope movement of air, water, flora and fauna. The house interior is organized in response to the sun’s daily path, with living spaces oriented to south light, work spaces to the north and sheltered sleeping spaces with east and west exposure. The prefabricated kit of parts from which the house is assembled knows nothing of the place. But the assembly of the disparate parts is carefully orchestrated to respond to the physical, cultural and spiritual surroundings.
digital rendering by lincoln brown illustrations