Bucks County, Pennsylvania
The site for this residence is a ten-acre fragment of a 17th century Bucks County, Pennsylvania farm, one held in William Penn's direct descendant family until 1987. The long slender property is bisected by a stream and a stand of ash, beech and poplars. The front half is a corn field; the rear is a meadow opening onto the remaining acreage of the old farm. The house is located on a crest at the rear of the meadow oriented to the south, facing the original stone farmhouse, barn and fields in the distance.
One approaches the house along a drive which parallels the fields and passes the old farmhouse, gently winding through the thicket and across the stream. The point of arrival is behind the house. The image of the building as a wall/shed within the landscape establishes a dependent relationship between the old and new residences by setting up the new structure as an outbuilding to the existing object-like, gable-ended farmhouse. The wall establishes a clear hierarchy of use by ending the meadow and creating a private enclave for family functions, a rear yard, an automobile court, and in the future a tennis court and pool.