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Maria Cook and Lance Compa were only looking to kill a sleepy Sunday afternoon when they drove 20 minutes south of their home in Ithaca, New York, to see a house that a real estate circular had teased as an “architect-designed modern."
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  This steel-and-glass house, set amid dense forest south of Ithaca, New York, captivated Maria Cook and Lance Compa when they first toured it in 2004. They bought it not long afterward and turned it into a weekend retreat.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    This steel-and-glass house, set amid dense forest south of Ithaca, New York, captivated Maria Cook and Lance Compa when they first toured it in 2004. They bought it not long afterward and turned it into a weekend retreat.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Compa and Cook relax on a patio at the western end of the house that overlooks a neighboring farm.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Compa and Cook relax on a patio at the western end of the house that overlooks a neighboring farm.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Floor-to-ceiling windows capture natural light and warmth while offering expansive views of the woods to the south. “In the winter, I like to use the house as therapy because there’s so much light,” Cook says.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Floor-to-ceiling windows capture natural light and warmth while offering expansive views of the woods to the south. “In the winter, I like to use the house as therapy because there’s so much light,” Cook says.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Some aspects of the design continue to puzzle Cook and Compa, who compare the narrow kitchen to an airplane galley.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Some aspects of the design continue to puzzle Cook and Compa, who compare the narrow kitchen to an airplane galley.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  The house has become a showcase for Cook and Compa's collection of modern furniture, including several Eames chairs and a Jens Risom chair for Knoll.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    The house has become a showcase for Cook and Compa's collection of modern furniture, including several Eames chairs and a Jens Risom chair for Knoll.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  A counter runs the length of the northern side of the house, offering a convenient workspace and plenty of storage.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    A counter runs the length of the northern side of the house, offering a convenient workspace and plenty of storage.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Cook and Compa turned a carport into a breezeway, adding patio furniture and an orange bench to give the space a dash of color. Along with the patio, it adds 1,300 square feet of usable space during the warmer months.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Cook and Compa turned a carport into a breezeway, adding patio furniture and an orange bench to give the space a dash of color. Along with the patio, it adds 1,300 square feet of usable space during the warmer months.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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