The ’80s are rarely remembered for being a bastion of good taste. It was a time of excess, where conspicuous consumption was the norm. In architecture land, it was a time of gold trim, marble and mirrors. Lots of mirrors.
So when looking through architectural archives, I was surprised to come across Simon Ungers’ T-House, completed in 1986. Like much of Ungers’ other work, this is a pared-back design that is striking in its simplicity.
T-House is located in Wilton, NY, about three hours north of New York City. It was commissioned by an aspiring author who wanted a country retreat to store his 10,000 books. Ungers, and his business partner Tom Kinslow, came up with a cross-bar design with the library covering the immense top floor (see photos below), a nod to the owner’s true passion.
Oh, and check out this scale model by MoMA. Too cute!