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Sometimes a design concept gets in the way of good design, but at other times, a generative idea can carry through to create a space both remarkable and livable – this structure represents the latter case.

What started out as a traditional idea of a horizontal home was given a twist, demanded by the beautiful site. The result was turned on its side and lifted up, creating a core series of levels and an expansive upper floor.

The building in question is a second home in Upstate New York by GluckPlus for one its own – Thomas Gluck – who wanted to take in the surrounding mountain views from something both contemporary, but, at the same time, matched to its setting. The home has a minimal ground footprint and reflective windows that blend the structure into the landscape.