New York-based architecture firm Balzer + Tuck Architecture designed the Skyfall residence, a contemporary farmhouse located Saratoga Springs, New York.
The concept for this building’s massing was to appear as if it had evolved from a series of related outbuildings that were expanded, renovated, and connected over time to create this contemporary interpretation of a farmhouse. From the stone veneer, cedar siding and standing seam metal roofing, each material was selected to help reinforce a connection with the site and region.” – Balzer + Tuck Architecture
“The floor plan is organized around the gallery space that forms the primary circulation core. This gallery connects the Master Suite with the central open living space, the Reading Room, and terminates at the open stair, designed to allow natural light to flood the lower level hall.” – Balzer + Tuck Architecture
“In response to the views offered by this hilltop site, the west side of the home has been opened up with large expanses of windows and glass doors. A combination of structural shading devices and enhanced insulated glazing systems at these west-facing walls have been incorporated into the design to mitigate unwanted solar heat gain. To further offset the additional heating and cooling loads, the home’s interior environment is maintained through the use of a geothermal heat pump and solar hot water mechanical system.” – Balzer + Tuck Architecture