The New York based practice Andrew Berman Architect realised this copper cladded library and writing studio for a historian in Long Island in 2008.
Here is what the architects explain:
“The site is adjacent to the client’s home, and is approached on foot through a stand of trees. There is no drive or path. The library sits at the threshold of an open field and a wood. A tidal stream is visible through the woods, at the rear of the site.
The building was conceived as a simple structure with a mutable presence in the landscape. It maps a path from the open field, through a doorway at the edge of the woods, to a light filled space set in the tree canopy.
The interior is defined by douglas fir, books, and light. The exterior, clad in copper, shifts in apparent form and color depending on the light of the day, the viewing angle, and the seasons. The copper can appear reflective and bright, as well as matte and dark. The velvety browns and violets will slowly give way to green.”
Project architect: Andrew Berman AIA
Project manager: Julia Neubauer
Project team: Dan Misri Dario Oechsli
Landscape Design: Eleanor McPeck Landscape Design
Structural Engineer: Ramon Gilsanz
Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Mechanical Engineering: CGM Engineering
Daylight Consultant Carpenter Norris Consulting
Acoustical Consultant: Robert F Mahoney & Associates
General Contractor: R.B. Hartwell and Sons
Cabinetmaker: Jim Ledger / Fineline Custom Cabinet