JLF SIGNATURE ELEMENTS: INTELLECTUAL INTERLUDES—Studies + Libraries
Fickle spring, how you mess with our emotions. So eager to play outside, we find ourselves thwarted by lingering storms and thawing conditions. Undaunted, we retreat to our libraries and our studies, the spaces that transcend structural strictures by encouraging our minds to explore unfettered as our bodies do in warmer weather.
An early 19th-century Dutch farmstead in Bucks County, Pennsylvania offered a storied canvas upon which to layer elements. The study speaks to such commingling, thus serving as a setting singularly attuned to investigating both history and modernity.
A residence devoted to creativity: No detail escaped the attention of our art-attuned clients, who commissioned more than 300 artisans to help realize their residential dream. Consider the spiral staircase leading downstairs: the column, sheathed in abstracted bark and leaves, suggests the layers of meaning that lie ahead in the library.
A home designed as “open arms” embracing the hillside also embraces function and context. The study speaks to such blending of beauty and practicality: the long desk—built into the stone walls and rimmed in metal—provides plenty of room for working, and yet, its silhouette belies its size, underscoring the vista rather than distracting from it.
Amid the bustle of this family basecamp, the office offers a moment of respite and reflection. Reflective of the hybrid expressed throughout the house, the room folds contemporary elements into a rustic envelope of stone and timber. Productivity feels truly fulfilling in this balanced space.
ABOUT JLF ARCHITECTS: Building timeless structures rooted in eloquence and elegance, Jackson- and Bozeman-based JLF Architects sources authentic materials and regional solutions to create place-based houses reflective of their contexts, whether that be the Rocky Mountains or the Eastern Seaboard. Our award-winning portfolio features inspired custom designs achieved through a genuine alliance with Big-D Signature, built over 17 years of collaboration. Our streamlined process unites passionate architects with dedicated builders to enable the collective imagination of visionary artisans working with visionary clients. For more information, visit www.JLFArchitects.com.