*오피스와 하우스 Camp O is an architect's retreat in Upstate New York

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New York architect Maria Milans del Bosch has designed a house and studio for herself in the Catskills with interventions that are mindful of the natural setting.

The Spanish architect designed the two-storey home Camp O in Claryville, which is a two-hour drive north of New York City where her practice Maria Milans Studio is based.

The home, which has a long and narrow footprint, is also nestled into a hillside to minimise the impact of construction on the surrounding forest. Its footprint is 24 feet (7 metres) by 58 feet (17.6 metres).

Two different volumes form the dwelling and are topped with roofs that slant in opposite directions.

A concrete slab and a U-shaped retaining wall form the lower level, while the upper portion of the home is clad in cedar. The wood is charred using a Japanese technique called shou sugi ban that burns wood to protect it from damage caused by insects, water and fire.

A feature of the design is a double-height living room and kitchen that is flanked with large portions of glazing. It is placed at different levels to capture views to the mountains to the west and treetops to the east.

The roof ridges are on the east and west walls in order to open up views to the valley and woods.


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