The Ex of In House in Rhinebeck is an experimental guest house developed directly from the ongoing Explorations of “IN” project at Steven Holl Architects.
Instead of subdividing the 28 acre site into five suburban plots, the land was joined as one rural preserve. Instead of building today’s typical “McMansion” of several thousand square feet, a single house of 918 ft2 is placed in the center of the site. A compressed form intersected by three spherical voids, the house has a kitchen at its center and is realized as one large room on three levels. Instead of fossil fuel, the house is heated geothermally. Instead of grid power, the house has electricity from the sun.