This small home by Alberto Campo Baeza is situated in Garrison, New York. The white and glass exterior looms above the surrounding landscape, allowing the structure feeling like a horizontal monolith in an alien land. Similar to Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, this home both embraces and contrasts with the landscape.
The living areas of the home look inward and outward, creating a series of soft spaces that are secluded from the exterior yet draw it in. A gallery for Italian art composes the centermost part of the house. The arrangement of the house around the gallery symbolizes the central place art holds in the resident’s lives. The tall windows on the ground floor bring the outdoors in, allowing the exterior to decorate the interior spaces. On the lowest level are the bedrooms, dark and private.
To me, this house is the archetype of minimalist design. The architecture speaks with pure clarity; it is dramatic and emotional using only the most precise design features.