Tranquility in the Country

Themes

Amid the din of contemporary life, country houses offer a refuge, a restorative connection to nature, and a place to find tranquility with the ones you love. We design country estates, family compounds, and rural retreats that respect and enhance their natural surroundings and the wonders of these properties—water, woodlands, meadows, or mountain views. Each country house is a unique reflection of their owners, how they live, and how they want to share in family life, often for generations to come.

This country house was designed for a creative couple with young children. Large windows offer expansive views of the wooded property. The house’s two volumes, linked by a glass enclosed connector, balance large spaces for the family to be together with more intimate spaces where the parents can work from home.
“This is a primary residence for a family with young children. Both the parents work from home, so it carefully balances family spaces with quieter spaces. The woodland setting is both serene and vibrant.”
—Kiki Dennis, Partner




Inspired by historic farmhouses and shaker design, this modern country house claims pride of place at the top of a ridge, offering sweeping views of the landscape. The crisp red volumes help define the site. The interior showcases the family’s antiques and collections.




This house, designed for a couple with children and grandchildren, accommodates the family in gatherings large and small. The design language is modern, but the materials—shingle cladding, standing-seam roofs—nod to the house’s bucolic surroundings.




This modern house for a family sits a top a hillside framed by woods with a rolling meadow below. The long horizontal volume marks the top of the ridge and contains a generous open living/dining/kitchen area for gathering and entertaining as well as more private quarters for the parents and children.

“The owners of this house are both executives with demanding schedules. They wanted to live more simply, in a modern house that encouraged family togetherness and a strong connection to the rolling hills and woods of the property.”
—Noah Biklen, Partner




This house is designed to blend in with the tree-line, creating a harmonious relationship between architecture and landscape. The L-shaped plan separates public areas from private and frames the pool, creating a layered indoor/outdoor experience of the property.




This sustainable, modern family estate includes a main house designed in a contemporary language to compliment an existing midcentury modern guest house. The grounds have extensive vegetable and flower gardens, greenhouses, and a pool, creating many opportunities for indoor/outdoor living and a strong connection to the landscape.
Our client took a long view and considered this property as a place their family would return to for generations. Our masterplan considered how all the structures – including some that might be built years in the future – would work together as an ensemble in harmony with the landscape.



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7th Floor
New York NY 10001
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©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.

Elegant. Inventive. Modern. Life enriching. True to place.
220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001
212 229 9211

©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.