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Spencertown Residence by Thomas Phifer and Partners

By Eric Meunier


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This 2,900-square-foot residence designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners is situated on a rolling meadow and commands dramatic views of an agricultural valley and the distant Catskills in rural upstate New York.

The home’s primary organizational element is a six-foot-high concrete wall that retains the earth on the uphill side and defines a large entry court in the middle.

The entry and living spaces are open to views and arranged in a linear fashion along the downhill side of the wall under a gently vaulted, winglike roof.

Windows and doors are oriented to maximize cross ventilation, eliminating the need for air-conditioning. Banking the entire structure into the hillside created additional energy savings.

Photos by: Scott Frances

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

2 thoughts on “Spencertown Residence by Thomas Phifer and Partners”

  1. Wow…I mean WOW!!
    What a simple yet incredibly dramatic building and landscape.
    Great photographs too.
    I love it.

    Are you allowed to marry a house???!


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