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Abiquiu Debut

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Abiquiu, New Mexico, owes this rugged new house to a plucky pair of residents, two talented architects and one long-sighted and very gracious loan officer.

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  Birgitte Ginge and Madeline Williamson imagined their golden years in a loft that mirrored their urbane sensibilities and professions in music and academia. So when they fell in love with a piece of land in the breathtaking Rio Chama 
watershed of northern New Mexico, the couple sought an architect who could harmonize their interests with the environment. Ginge takes us through the union of landscape, architects, clients, and contractors.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Birgitte Ginge and Madeline Williamson imagined their golden years in a loft that mirrored their urbane sensibilities and professions in music and academia. So when they fell in love with a piece of land in the breathtaking Rio Chama watershed of northern New Mexico, the couple sought an architect who could harmonize their interests with the environment. Ginge takes us through the union of landscape, architects, clients, and contractors.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Thanks to passive solar and radiant floors, the metal-clad home is comfortable year-round.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Thanks to passive solar and radiant floors, the metal-clad home is comfortable year-round.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  For the snowy season, a Rais stove provides extra warmth.  Photo by: João Canziani
    For the snowy season, a Rais stove provides extra warmth.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Up above the sitting room a duo of Eames shell chairs and a bank of luminous operable windows await a pair of weary readers.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Up above the sitting room a duo of Eames shell chairs and a bank of luminous operable windows await a pair of weary readers.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  The architects built the house around Madeline’s grand Schimmel piano. But that’s not to say the pair wanted to live in a concert hall. Having a flexible living space and accommodating recital guests took priority.  Photo by: João Canziani
    The architects built the house around Madeline’s grand Schimmel piano. But that’s not to say the pair wanted to live in a concert hall. Having a flexible living space and accommodating recital guests took priority.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Brigitte descends one of two locally fabricated steel cylinders: her “stairway to the stars.”  Photo by: João Canziani
    Brigitte descends one of two locally fabricated steel cylinders: her “stairway to the stars.”

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Ginge’s penchant for the bright red Varenna cabinets the couple splurged on is matched only by her love of animals; rescue pets are de rigueur around the house.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Ginge’s penchant for the bright red Varenna cabinets the couple splurged on is matched only by her love of animals; rescue pets are de rigueur around the house.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  The price of steel and concrete skyrocketed during construction, yet Williamson and Ginge couldn’t imagine the house built of any other materials.  Photo by: João Canziani
    The price of steel and concrete skyrocketed during construction, yet Williamson and Ginge couldn’t imagine the house built of any other materials.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  A perforated metal screen serves as a shower curtain.  Photo by: João Canziani
    A perforated metal screen serves as a shower curtain.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  The rooftop is wired for a solar farm, but they are waiting for better prices and tax breaks before investing.  Photo by: João Canziani
    The rooftop is wired for a solar farm, but they are waiting for better prices and tax breaks before investing.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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