Vivona House

Courtlandt Manor, NY

This 2500 square foot house was designed for a Japanese artist and a lawyer in New York State. The couple was interested in the principals of wabi-sabi, the aesthetic of the imperfect and the temporary. With a limited budget they hoped to use common materials in aesthetic ways.

We proposed a strategy that would use ritual, movement, materials, details and landscape as a means of achieving their goals and relating to Japanese spatial concepts. The house plan is based on flexible use of rooms based on i homes.

Accommodations to the plan took advantage of the site and provided exhibition space for the client’s painting and sculpture.