Tuscon-based architect Rick Joy grew up in Maine, where he studied music and worked as a carpenter before going to architecture school at the University of Arizona. Joy has earned a reputation as a master of desert rammed-earth construction (Steven Holl calls his work "transcendent moments of space, light, and matter" in Rick Joy: Desert Works).
For this project in the Green Mountains of Vermont, set on a 210-acre parcel, Joy departed from his usual vocabulary and created a gable-roofed, steel-framed cedar-shingle-and-stone house and barn. The traditional "stone-ender walls" are made from bedrock salvaged from the bottom of Lake Champlain, engineered by Olde World Masonry. Among the green features Joy incorporated in the design are a wind tower, solar panels, geothermal heating, and a hydropower feature, all of which means the clients will be "selling electricity back to the power company very soon," Joy says.
Above: A study in light and shadow. To see the listing, go to Architecture for Sale.
Above: The simple, elegant structures have a modern monumentalism.
Above: Joy situated the house and barn near the spring-fed pond rather than on a higher point on the property, which was the client's original intent.
Above: A view of the main living space.
Above: The interiors are unadorned; light is the only decor needed.
Above: A wood-clad bedroom
Above: Joy paid particular attention to the private spaces, which all overlook sweeping views of the Green Mountains.
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