“a visit to the rachofsky house unfolds as a kind of procession through a series of zones, taking one from the outdoors to indoors, and then back outdoors again. all of the spaces of the house, works of contemporary art, and vignettes of the surrounding landscape combine to animate the interiors of the house. grass, trees, pond and sky are visible from every angle of the house.
the heart of the house is the second floor living room. secrets of the entire site are revealed through the double-height plane of windows that serve as a permeable membrane between nature and home. whereas the front façade of the house is reserved and opaque, the back façade dissolves and allows constantly changing plays of light and silhouette to amaze people within and outside the house. ultimately, the purpose of the rachofsky house is to provide a place of residence and respite. the potential of the house as a work of architecture is as a catalyst for further contemplation of nature and art, and the science of bringing them together in harmony.” richard meier by dd