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Living Room of Home Cantilevers 45′ Into Space

This post was written by jd on January 18, 2011
Posted Under: Real Estate

This home, built in West Stockbridge, Mass seems to be built with expense as an after thought. Why would anyone want to cantilever a living room, other than to say I can? The elevation of the living room can be constructed much cheaper in many different ways. However, if you have a dream and have money, here’s what you get according to the Wall Street Journal

“The home is a slim, 17-by-90-foot rectangular volume of glass and steel, the house slopes down a hill in the Berkshires before dramatically cantilevering for 45 feet. The great room floats 14 feet above the ground and has walls of glass on three sides with sweeping views of the surrounding, hilly countryside. The home’s poured concrete floor vibrates when the couple’s 65-pound Standard poodle, Oberon, bounds with enthusiasm after a ball. (Mr. Schwartz blames Oberon’s particular bounding style.)

Living room cantilevered out 45'

Living room cantilevered out 45'

“I thought it was going to be a ranch house,” said the 59-year-old Ms. Fiekowsky, a violinist who plays with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, admitting she, too, was nervous when her husband told her he wanted to have half the house float in the air. Mr. Schwartz, whose firm Schwartz/Silver Architects has completed projects for clients including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University, noted that the house’s cantilevered space is counterbalanced by a massive concrete basement hidden in the hillside. He said it’s “over designed” for stability and can hold 60 people safely, plus several thousand pounds on the home’s rooftop terrace.”

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