hMa, Victoria Meyers architect, are known for their senstivity to landscape and site. This attention to site and landscape is evident in the images of the firm's Upstate New York residence, above. The house is sited on twentry-five acres in Garrison, New York.
hMa used a combinatio of wood and stone to create the reading of the house. In this case, the wood, a light-colored exterior ash siding, took on a similar coloration to the cut limestone used in two 65-foot long landscape walls that were used as major generative elements of the house design
hMa cut holes in the roof at various locations, to create framed views of sky. The house also has a relationship to water: in the pool beyond the stone landscape wall in the photo, above. And in the architectural promenade through the house to the lake, to the west.
Projects that were reviewed with the client during the design process include Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House. Above: custom screens were built, and create scrim views toward the landscape. View west, overlooking the pond.
Above: Landscape frames a living room, looking north. The house sits surrounded by old growth trees. Water to the north, and to to the west. Stone, water, wood, wind and light.
View looking east toward the living room, up the hill, with the pond, behind the person taking this shot. The pond is approximately forty feet below this location in the landscape.
View looking east, living room pavilion in foreground; master bedroom wing visible above the limestone wall, to the east, above. precision cuts in the formal rendering of the house frame views from one wing to the other.