Friday, January 14, 2011

LOOK AT THE VIEW


A study in form and spirit, Boston based architect, Warren Schwartz drew partial inspiration for his Berkshire home from a family trip to the Grand Canyon, where they had stood at the precipice of a cliff watching the sun rise. For a girl who has had her moments with heights (an interestingly lives on the 44th floor of a high-rise), this home would take some getting used to. But the views! Imagine your living room at the tip of a 45 foot cantilevered structure, your bedroom perched 14 feet above the ground.  Schwartz built and furnished the slim, 17-by-90-foot rectangular volume of glass and steel for one million dollars in 2009. It's brilliant architecture based on the best of nature.

 The great room floats above the ground and has walls of glass on three sides with sweeping views of the surrounding, hilly countryside.
 The home's poured concrete floor vibrates when the couple's 65-pound Standard poodle, Oberon, bounds with enthusiasm after a ball.


The décor is a tasteful mix of modern and minimal; a glass Le Corbusier table in the great room sits near an IKEA kitchen. The home's neutral color palette of black, grey, white and silver was kept simple so the landscape outside would remain the star.

 All photos courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

14 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I love it, it's an artistic beauty and the vibe inside must be so relaxing but I'm not sure if I could do it, not sure.

Splendid Sass said...

How unique! Wow. Beautiful images, Barbara.
Teresa
xoxo

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Amazing to look at but not sure I would ever feel cozy and at home in a glass box. Pretty views though!

classic • casual • home said...

When you live in earthquake country, the idea of the floor vibrating is a little scary! I loved learning about this.
Mary Ann

Posie Patchwork said...

Gorgeous, i especially love how there is still so much space under the house. Having lived in 'high set homes' in the tropics with a bunch of children, playing under the house is so much fun!! Love Posie

Stitchfork said...

Stellar views, but would not want to be the window washer!
Love your blog new look!!
xo Cathy

stacystyle said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Now I want to go see it in person!

LESAPEA MUSINGS said...

Hello Barbara, I am here via Shari's blog. I love the new design. I am a new follower as well, hope you could by sometime.

Much love Lisa xx

Debby said...

Very cool! Would love to dine in that dining room with those views! I found you via Shari's blog redesign... wish looks beautiful by the way! I am now following!

p.s. I am having a $50 gift card giveaway to Sur la table if it's of interest to you. xo

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

do you suppose the owners grow weary of annoying wisecracks of the variety: "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"???

a small price to pay i guess for this architectural beauty!

thanks for visiting me--i feel classier just perusing your beautiful blog.

michele

quintessence said...

Yes, I saw this in the Journal - incredible!! Nice to see the photos larger. LOVE your new header - Shari is the best!!

Mona Thompson said...

Beautiful images. My first time here. I love your new look. Shari did an awesome job.

Casa Très Chic said...

Gorgeous images.
Fantastic architecture.
Hugs
Tereza

Anne at Bird/Like said...

I was just reading about this house yesterday, isn't it amazing! I'm not sure i'd like the floor bouncing because of the dog,though...