At one point, the long-time owners of this 1850s farmhouse in the Poconos thought it was so far beyond hope of repair that they would have to "burn it down." But then Architect Tom Givone, the incredible mind behind "the floating farmhouse," got his hands on the project, and used the owner's ties to her past as impetus for the farm's unique new addition.
Givone knew that original elements of the farmhouse, wide plank floors and hand-hewn beams, were "lurking beneath all those layers. So the first design impetus was to bring the original house back." But then came his unique vision for the project, the torque-volume addition:
My client grew up with her seven siblings in the old farmhouse right across the street. Her brother still lives there, and like the creek that runs through both properties, family flows freely back and forth. I imagined this bond as a physical force, like a gravitational field between the two homes, acting on the addition and "pulling" it toward the original farmhouse across the street. This was how I arrived at the volume's shape—it's a sculptural expression of family connection. You can read more about "Twist Farmhouse" in the May issue of Dwell.