Roscoe, New York | After Architecture X Jose Tijerina
Sited on a historic property beset with ruins and stone walls, the Living Ruin borrows the language of the wall to mediate a meadow and a cliff. The resulting retaining wall houses utilities such as toilets, baths, laundry facilities, closets, and storage, while inhabitable frames pierce its length and face the valley view. Along the terraced lawns, extensions of the frames support the roof and form furniture, from front porch to kitchen counter. The wall terminates by turning around an existing chimney, climbing to create a tower outpost and framing an exterior room.