It is not a typical weekend house, LM Guest House in Dutchess County, New York, it is a treatise on the elegance of minimalism. The approximately 187 square meters of this house were designed by the architects of New York Desai / Chia Architects on the land owned by the owner in the field.
With what must have been a fairly large budget, architects and husbands Arjun Desai and Katherine Chia saw an unbeatable opportunity to create an updated interpretation of the iconic Farnsworth House, which Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed in 1951 in Illinois.
Although Farnsworth House was considered by some at the time as a cold space without personality, an aquarium or a pavilion instead of a dwelling; over time it has become an example of discrete sophistication and a timeless expression of Van der Rohe's desire to create a balanced dialogue between the interior of the home and the environment that surrounds it.
Similarly, the LM Guest House allows residents a wide view of the landscape, framing it through large triple-glazed windows that are more than six meters wide and three meters high. And although the house is deceptively simple in appearance, it is a marvel of engineering that bases all its energy consumption on the use of sustainable energies. Heating and cooling geothermal, underfloor heating, natural ventilation, motorized blinds, photovoltaic solar panels and rainwater harvesting for irrigation, are just some of the examples of how this modern retreat attempt has done all the duties to adapt to the nature that surrounds it instead of conquering it or damaging it.
The gardens of the property follow the same philosophy, the plants used in the garden are all native and contribute to the privacy of the house. The blue stone slabs dug in the ground are used in outdoor tables, paths and terraces. In the interior, in addition to glass, the main material used has been American white oak that has been used for sliding panels, floors, ceilings and built-in furniture.
A very interesting example of the combined use of state-of-the-art technology, respectful with nature and the latest trend design, which is currently rescuing the great and avant-garde designs of the fifties of the last century.