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Any dwelling designed with an professional “gizmologist” is sure to be a head turner.
Vergelegen, the gorgeous Tom Kundig-designed property at 2128 Canaan Southfield Street, sits on practically 300 acres within the Berkshires and is at present in the marketplace for $15.5 million. The homeowners, two artwork historians, have been drawn to New Marlborough, Mass., by connections to the Tanglewood music venue.
After looking for the right parcel for 10 years, the couple acquired the property and employed Kundig and acclaimed British panorama architect Tom Stuart-Smith to construct their Eden, together with their very own Paradise backyard, in fact.
Nestled in an “ecotone” (the place the place two adjoining ecological techniques meet) the place a meadow touches the forest, this iconic trendy home not solely instructions jaw-dropping views of the Berkshire Hills and Taconic Mountains from each angle, however frames these picturesque views with its kind.
One of many dwelling’s most distinctive options are its cantilevered decks and glass partitions that open mechanically, seamlessly fusing the in and out.
Working the glass wall mechanics is the place the gizmologist (an professional in using advanced units), Phil Turner, is available in.
Kundig’s “resident genius” has greater than 35 years of expertise within the exhibit fabrication business. The hand-crank, industrial-looking wheels are really easy to make use of they are often guided by a light touch.
The cantilevered I-beams help the glass partitions as they prolong 10 ft above the bottom. There’s a dumb waiter, additionally using the identical Turner mechanics, that effortlessly transports objects from the bottom stage to the principle stage.
Lead itemizing agent Elyse Harney waxes on concerning the sudden softness of the inside of the home regardless of its use of concrete, metal, and different seemingly harsher supplies.
“For a modernist constructing, the textures of the home are earthy, and you’ve got an instantaneous sense of time passing. The metal reveals the markings from its industrial beginnings, and options just like the leather-wrapped desks within the workplaces are luxurious and understated. Surfaces inside are matte, so the sky and the water exterior actually carry the glint,” mentioned Harney.
As music aficionados, the homeowners constructed a music room with an acoustically engineered ceiling. Moreover, the house is crammed with world-class work, images and drawings.
The property romantically unfolds because the driveway leads all guests by its personal lined bridge, a newly renovated 1840s farmhouse and barn.
The driveway then weaves by two full-season and full-service visitor cabins, an artwork storage constructing, state-of-the-art equestrian services (together with indoor and out of doors arenas, a seven-stall barn, 11 paddocks and miles of trails) and a lined swimming pond (lined so swimmers don’t encounter any undesirable pond muck).
In complete there are over 5 miles of property roads, bridle paths, marked and groomed footpaths and plenty of websites for picnicking and cookouts.
And, if that’s not sufficient, there may be even so much cleared and able to assemble a considerate author’s cabin.
The Paradise backyard, geared up with nail-free stockade fencing impressed by 1619 Jamestown, was designed in a round form with an apple tree within the middle (how tempting!). A number of gravel paths encircle the apple tree-lined with quite a few herb, reducing flower and vegetable beds.
Co-listing agent Kenzie Fields provides, “Tom Stuart-Smith is thought for his potential to ‘ungarden,’ and this undulating piece of New England property has woodglens, meadow, and forest in proportion to the buildings and farm exercise. The paradise backyard is an instance of ‘hortus conclusus,’ an enclosed backyard, bringing collectively the sensible and creative components of cultivated earth in excellent steadiness.”