Isolated in the woods of the Catskill Mountains, Edifice is a visual representation of neo-transcendentalism and the ideas of Emerson and Thoreau. The 500-square-foot cabin realizes those principals with its remote location and self-sustaining infrastructure. Free of any unnecessary adornments, its minimalist exterior is clad in blackened cedar and features just two narrow windows on the south and west facade. While there's no obvious point of entry upon arrival, the north end opens up to an inset deck, finished in a contrasting natural wood tone. The warm hue continues into the interior where living spaces are divided into four zones — live, cook, dine and sleep. To support an off-grid lifestyle, the shelter features solar power, water harvesting, and a composting toilet while a wood-burning stove provides heat and a cross-ventilation system cools the interior. Natural light from the glazing fills the living spaces during the day and any additional light needed is supplied by candles.
Photos: Marco Petrini / Marc Thorpe Design