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Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

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Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Steven Holl Architects has completed new guest house in the natural landscape of Rhinebeck, New York to explore new typologies on 'guest houses', showing that what could it reflect and mediate within an unusual form. Developed as part of the ongoing Explorations of "IN” project at Steven Holl Architects, 'Ex of In House' was developed to preserve the natural landscape and wild animal habitats of 28 acres which were to be subdivided into five suburban house plots. 

The house gradually changes its form from an architecture to a sculpture landscape as a nonprofit extension of “T” Space art gallery in Rhinebeck. Realized as a small living unit, the house occupies 85square meters (918 ft2) area for living in the forested rural site.

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Iwan Baan 

Instead of building today’s typical “McMansion” of several thousand square feet, a single house of 85square meters is placed in the center of the site. A compressed form intersected by three spherical voids, the house has a kitchen at its center and is realized as one large room on three levels.

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Iwan Baan

Instead of fossil fuel, the house is heated geothermal. Instead of grid power, the house has electricity from the sun. Ex of In House is used as guest house and artist residence. 

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Iwan Baan

Explorations of "IN" is an ongoing research project under development at Steven Holl Architects since June 2014. Questioning current clichés of architectural language and commercial practice, it has developed in a series of exploratory drawings and CNC model studies such as Triple Venn Diagram Mutilation and Hybrid Combinations: Tesseract within a Cubic Sphere. The explorations of a language of space, aimed at inner spatial energy strongly bound to the ecology of the place.

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Iwan Baan

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Iwan Baan

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Iwan Baan

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Paul Warchol

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Paul Warchol

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Paul Warchol

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Image © Paul Warchol

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Sketch. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Initial Sketch. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Axanometric Drawing. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Ground floor plan. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Second floor plan. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

East elevation. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

West elevation. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

North elevation. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

South elevation. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Section 1-1. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Section 1-2. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Model-1. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Ex of In House by Steven Holl plays with spherical voids to explore new typology for a guest house

Model-2. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Top image © Iwan Baan

Project Facts

Project name: Ex of In House 

Architect: Steven Holl Architects

Location: Rhinebeck, New York

Date: 2015-2016

Size: 918 ft2

Status: Completed

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