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House no. 4

Research, prototypes and context


Architecture practice Easton+Combs was founded by Lonn Combs and Rona Easton in New York in 2004. After a stint at Rome’s American Academy, the firm opened a new office in the rural Berkshires of western Massachusetts between Boston and New York. This was the start of a new series of ventures that took two prevalently urban architects into building for rural settings. In recent years, the Berkshires office has focused on applied research into energy-efficient houses and economical, low-environmental impact building methods whose aesthetic approach is rigorously essential and minimalist. Although well honed in many building sectors, Easton+Combs are now prevalently concerned with residential projects, for which they develop scrupulously researched prototypes studied for the particular location in question. This was the approach to House No. 4, set in the woods of the Berkshires...

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