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Walther Residence in Millbrook New York

Date: 2017

Location: Millbrook, NY

Project Team: Julia Watson

Client: Artur Walthur

Straddling the township line between Washington and Stanford in Dutchess County, Millbrook Estate is a 100-acre pastoral landscape that was once a dairy farm, adjacent to Millbrook Vineyards and Winery.

In a moment of stasis, arrested by several centuries of cultivation, we envision a release of the sublime. In an effort to contemporize the experience of the site, we harken to the philosophical inquiry of Edmund Burke who's 'Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful' (1757) refers to the exhilarating experience of untamed nature, rather than that of mankind’s ability to control the natural world. Rather than being a reminder that humanity is not all-powerful, we recognize that transfer of energy in nature, we afford a platform of exchange and awaken to nature’s profound ability to transform site and self. A single narrative of rewilding, awakening the site and the self to nature, which can be akin to a spiritual experience, will be afforded to both.

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