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If you go down to the woods today ...

... you're in for a big surprise. Sometimes mother nature wraps you up in her beauty and takes your breath away. Sometimes architects get this. Sometimes they wrap you up in the beauty they create,  in buildings that address the wonder of the site in which they are placed. I think I am in love with this Dutchess County, New York guesthouse by Allied Works Architecture. Located in a mature deciduous forest of oak, hickory, and birch.  A continuous structural steel frame blurs the boundary between forest and house. It seems to meander, to wind in and out capturing views of the changing seasons.


Reader Comments (12)

What an incredible little hideaway! The views are amazing from each and every room.
Brilliant, thanks for the inspiration!!

20 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna - Canoe Design

The best part of this awesome house is that it's the GUEST house! Here is a rendering of the MAIN house! http://www.alliedworks.com/projects/dutchess-county-residence-main-house/

20 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEm

The use of steal in the clean lines of the architecture against the forest is so appealing. I like the built-in shelving with doors and the couch looks sleek yet warm and cozy.

Who doesn't like nature? Looks like a beautiful site for the house. Refreshing.

20 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commentersue

Oh my.
That's it.
That's all I have.
Oh my.


20 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda from OEKE

That's all I have too.

WOW! This is seriously amazing! Kind of reminds me of the twilight house :)


21 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle


22 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commenterletredgo

Absolutely amazing place. Completely at one with it's setting, yet a place apart. Beautiful, sensitive architecture.

22 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Thompson

This beautiful hideaway makes me feel instantly warm, just beautiful...

22 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

What an awesome location. with this setting it is hard to go wrong.
An interesting little house to boot.

4 Jan 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I am just beginning the process of down-sizing. I'm looking for a small 1.5 bedrooms with modern appeal. Your guest house is fantastic! Can I ask what it cost to construct? Were you the designer or did you hire an architect? Are the plans for sale?
Thank you for sharing!

21 Mar 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

Wow! Amazing!

15 Apr 2016 | Unregistered Commenteremily

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