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We each have our own idea of what makes an ideal vacation home, but most would agree that it needs to fit with the surrounding architecture, and open up to the scenery. There can be some inventive ways to achieve both these goals. Architect John Vinci had already completed several projects on this historic farm property, including a barn, museum and bridge, when the owners asked him to design their vacation home there as well. This had to comfortably accommodate all their adult children and their families at any given time. “There was talk of a transparent structure, along the lines of the Farnsworth House by German architect Mies van der Rohe, who was head of the Illinois Institute of Technology when I studied there,” says Vinci. “A glass-walled home would have been ideal for looking out to the waterways and fields on one side of the farm. However, a Modernist appearance would have been at odds with the rustic old barns on the other side of the site.” To balance the need for harmony and views, Vinci took a dual approach to the design. And to address the issue of scale, the new house was built as two forms, linked by a glass walkway. Preceding pages: Traditional standing-seam zinc roofs on this vacation home echo the pitch of the concrete slab roofs on nearby barns. The white stucco walls and tower are also in keeping with surrounding buildings. In contrast, the private side of the house opens up to the scenery with a wall of glass. Above: The side of the house facing the barns has smaller windows and doors, more reminiscent of traditional farm dwellings. search | save | share at 11