Wallpaper Design Awards 2011 / Best New Private House of the Year
Location: New York State, USA
Architect: Ben Ryuki Miyagi, Tokyo / New York
The award winner private house Villa Metamorphosis is located near the world-famous site of Woodstock, 100 miles north of New York City.
The Japanese architect Ben Ryuki Miyagi describes the building as ‘The Landscape of Geometric Mythology’ and was “designed as if a series of mysterious objects from (an) unknown planet have landed on this peaceful landscape with a story to tell”.
Ben Ryuki explains about his work by the following text:
“The title for this house, “Villa Metamorphosis”, comes from Franz Kafka’s novel “The Metamorphosis”. It was a design based on the idea that a flat-roofed modern house is transformed into a black house with grotesque yet poetic features such as multiple domes with overlapped skin, and 4 cantilevered louvers that looks like birds’ mouth, and windows with hieroglyphic geometries that are neither modern nor ancient. While still making reference to the original 1960 modern house before the 2008 addition and the renovation, the redesigned house establishes an identity as a new being.”