Our Home Plan Collection by Matthew Bialecki, AIA
Matthew Bialecki, AIA specializes in "green" building designs inspired by America’s architectural history and natural environment. He has been honored with numerous AIA awards for his unique architectural designs and pioneering sustainable building technologies.
As the founder and principal architect of Matthew Bialecki Associates (MBA), Matthew Bialecki AIA has developed his architectural designs beyond their original historic precedents into a broader philosophy of site-specific, nature-based design. As a recognized leader in the study and interpretation of the American Arts & Crafts movement, Matt has developed an architectural language based on the direct expression of natural materials and forms. MBA has incorporated the Arts and Crafts philosophy of self-sufficiency and simplicity into contemporary designs that minimize energy usage, utilize natural materials and attempt, at all levels, to help maintain and improve the environment.
The extremely versatile Barn House is a home with its basement level above ground. This home was designed to combine the functional above ground spaces and storage of a barn, with an elevated home for a family of four. In this regard, it has been designed in much the same way as the time-honored tradition of a Tuscan Farmhouse ("stables" below, living quarters above).
Originally designed for an avid gardener, the Courtyard House was inspired by the small barns and barnyards that helped to define the character of its original country setting. The design centers on a central garden courtyard surrounded by an arbor and the simple shed-roofed forms of the L-shaped house. The garden is conceived as the primary space with all rooms located around it.
The compact and efficient design of the Cross House harkens back to its functional, no-nonsense agrarian roots. Its classic symmetrical cross-gabled farmhouse exterior is contrasted with a more modern open and spacious interior floorplan.
Hillside House is a contemporary Arts and Crafts style home, designed to take advantage of broad rearward views. Each of the main spaces within the house faces a view, making a strong connection between the interior and the landscape outside. The octagonal central volume of this home acts like an architectural hinge in the design, and this same shape creates a spectacular tower room in the upper level.
A winner of the AIA New York State 2005 Design Awards, this beautiful passive solar home is an extension of its local landscape. Its stone flooring, timbers, structural framing and lighting, pass seamlessly from interior to exterior, dissolving the normal boundaries between the site and the structure.
Mountain House is inspired by the picturesque stick style of A. J. Downing and the Adirondack Great Camps of the late 19th century. Wider than it is deep, and featuring a two story rear porch, upper level rear balcony and ample rear windows, the entire house is oriented toward a rear view.
Silo House is certainly not your average tract house. This AIA award winning design overlays an elliptical "silo" within the central heart of a rectangular "barn". The contemporary styling of this home challenges common notions of residential design.
Inspired by the Arts and Crafts houses of Greene & Greene as well as the Adirondack Camps of the 19th century, the Stone Craftsman House is actually a high-performance green building within its historic design. This very spacious home is designed as an advanced passive solar, energy-efficient structure with a strong emphasis on the design of the building envelope for minimal heat requirements and total passive cooling.