New Hope, PA

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Autretemps is a spectacular stone and glass house on 22 wooded acres between the canal and the Delaware River. From the front it presents itself as “stone boxes”—solid masses with thick walls and few punctures. On the river side, the massive stone walls peel away, allowing the structural skeleton to break loose. Columns, trusses and beams stretch out past the boundaries of spatial volumes to meet the Delaware.
Parallels to River


Inside, the organization takes advantage of the spectacular views of the river. Living, dining and sleeping areas, which are arranged in a linear sequence, can be accessed from a prominent circulation spine and gallery that parallels the river.

Siloed Staircase


The stairway to the second level is wrapped in a glass silo which is lit at night. The living room, kitchen and study comprise a single articulated space that is the operating core of the house.

House of Metaphors


The historical context of Buck’s County has been honored through metaphors including the silo, fieldstone exterior walls, post and beam timber construction, and the “corncrib” lath siding. The truss echoes the steel bridge crossing that is within view of the living room. The home has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine.