Collection by Tom Givone

twist farmhouse


The owner of this 1800s farmhouse, in rural Pennsylvania, grew up in the old farmhouse right across the street. Her mother still lives there, and like the creek that runs through both properties, family flows freely back and forth. I imagined this family bond as a physical force, like a gravitational field, acting on the structure and “pulling” it toward the owner’s childhood home; a sculptural expression of family connection. Twisting it in this way opened up new sight lines as well, allowing the owner to gaze upon her childhood home and the surrounding fields as the torquing volume "nods" towards them.

The torquing addition’s supple, silvery skin at...
The first design impetus was to bring the original house back.
The direction from the homeowner was simple; open space and lots of light.
Anodized aluminum porch columns match the addition siding, and stainless steel cables, virtually invisible, maximize...
Salvaged hand hewn ceiling beams complement the original beams now exposed along the entire perimeter of the walls in...
A window wall of privacy glass illuminates the shower stall, which features a 16” square stainless steel shower head.
Quartz tile and original plank floors surround a 1920’s schoolhouse sink in the vaulted second floor bathroom.
In the kitchen, a 12’ wide window kisses the Carrara marble countertop, the marble apron sink custom made from the same...
An anodized aluminum handrail and original exposed beams in the vaulted stairwell.
Creekside view of old and new at dusk.
The twisting volume is glimpsed from the road, confusing and delighting the locals, as it peaks out beyond the deep...
Original wide plank floors and hand hewn beams, once hidden, are now exposed throughout.
Original farmhouse wall planks, salvaged during demolition, are now custom window sills and random-width antique floor...
Tom and his architects collaborated with a roller coaster manufacturer to fabricate the curving spinal columns that...
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