scholar's library by GLUCK+ is a sanctuary in the forest
scholar's library by GLUCK+ is a sanctuary in the forest scholar's library by GLUCK+ is a sanctuary in the forest
jun 09, 2013

scholar's library by GLUCK+ is a sanctuary in the forest

‘scholar’s library’ by GLUCK + is a sanctuary in the forest

photo © paul warchol




a simple structure of platonic proportions delineates this tranquil retreat, ‘scholar’s library’, designed by new york firm GLUCK+, is located in the catskill mountains near the firm’s tower house. the small getaway is organized by two programs. the first floor library literally and figuratively supports the second floor study and research space. at the ground plane the volume is solid, completely enclosed to protect precious books. extruded above this mass, a floating plane creates a void for the upper level. these two elements are connected by four delicate columns from which the roof is cantilevered. enclosing the cubic volume, sliding glass doors act as a continuous strip of operable windows. stacking in two corners of the library, they completely open the space to its sylvan environment. nestled into the forest, the scholar is surrounded by a living backdrop of seasonal changes.




‘scholar’s library’ is camouflaged under the forest canopy

photo © paul warchol




(left): with the windows open, the upper level dissolves into the landscape (right): the materials emulate the natural environment

photos © paul warchol




the design provides the scholar with ample light and air and extensive views of the natural surroundings

photo © paul warchol




the study’s walls change color and appearance seasonally

photo © paul warchol




(left): the ground floor library stacks are enclosed by a solid volume, which (right): opens to the study space and extensive views of the forested environment

images courtesy of GLUCK+




sliding glass doors (left): enclose the volume (right): or open the study space by stacking at the corners

photos © paul warchol








project info:


project: scholar’s library
location: upstate NY
area: 800 square feet
year: 2003

project team:
architecture and construction by gluck+: peter l. gluck, david mabbott, frederik rissom

structural engineer:
 robert silman associates p.c.
mechanical engineer:
 rodkin cardinale consulting engineers P.C.

  • Stunning work space and realization of a first-rate architectural idea. (No excuses now not to get that book written!)

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Very, Very Nice! Minimalist expression juxtaposed against, and engaging with nature is wonderful.
    I’m sure one could spend days happily reading and reflecting in such a space.
    Would love to see how the door was detailed!

    Michael Jackson says:
  • Six exterior views (showing a total of eight sides) of a four sided building and none show the entry door.

    JJ says:
  • Well, perhaps there is no entry door.
    Or perhaps the door is shown . . .

    Gordon says:
  • entry on left side of second photo (‘scholar’s library’ is camouflaged under the forest canopy)

    Gabriel says:

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