The Waccabuc House by Rafael Vinoly Architects

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Being closer to the gentle whisper of the surrounding trees is just one of the simple perks of living in the Waccabuc House. Chan-Li Lin of Rafael Vinoly Architects designed this home on top of a hill at the end of a 1,000 foot-long dirt road in Waccabuc, New York. Replacing a 1954 abandoned one-storey structure, this home’s main living spaces float above the ground where it exudes a wonderful feeling of solstice. The second floor is made up of a pair of lightweight floor-height steel trusses that’s held up by six columns pinned to a rock ledge. The first floor was constructed using 2×4 wood framing and is embedded into the rock outcroppings of the landscape. Maximum daylight beams into most of the living spaces because of the strategically installed ventilating aluminum windows while the windows positioned on the south, east and west parts of the house embrace a variety of outdoor views. The second floor window walls are protected from rain and the hot summer sun because of the shade the trees provide along with the horizontal tips of the house  while sunlight is able to pierce deep into the house during the winter. Radiant heat pipes implanted into the dwelling provides the primary source of heat to the polished concrete floors of both levels while energy efficient heat pumps provide excess heat and air conditioning on some occasions.

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