Ghent House in New York

Thomas Phifer and Partners 

In upstate New York, a two-hour drive from Manhattan, a 380-square-meter house breaks up into seven black-clad volumes. To minimize their visual impact on the landscape, they are partly embedded into the ground and interconnected by vaulted tunnels.

Set slightly askew from one another, the pieces are arranged linearly and positioned to get good views of the Catskill Mountains. A limited palette of colors is used inside, with white-toned walls and black floors, except in the dining room, which is clad in wooden panels.