Ohlhausen DuBois Architects

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Ohlhausen DuBois Architects
New York City

Firm Description
The hallmark of work by Ohlhausen DuBois Architects is its sublime connection to the landscape. Whether the high deserts of Santa Fe or the lush gardens of Long Island, each home responds to what is unique about its environment. Recent projects include a Santa Fe residence in a spectacular desert setting, a San Antonio home positioned among majestic live oaks, and a redesigned 1950s ranch house in Sands Point, Long Island, reborn as a glass pavilion amid a lush, mature landscape.

Approach to Residential Design
Ohlhausen DuBois begins by exploring what it feels like to be on a particular site and then asks how to make a house that is at one with that place. During the design process, the setting, landscape and house shape each other in a back-and-forth until they become a seamless whole. The architects are inspired by the infinite ways architecture comes alive – the clarity of a wall of glass, the pleasure of a well-framed view, the smooth, cool feel of polished stone, and the satisfaction of skillfully crafted wood. 

Distinguishing Characteristics
Along with creating houses that are elegant, expansive and uplifting, the firm focuses on what makes a home livable and comfortable. They find the right balance between exciting moments, such as walls of glass and floating roofs,; providing airy, generous spaces for entertaining; and crafting intimate places to sit, talk and relax.

Work Influences
Great landscape design is a continual inspiration for the firm, particularly the harmonious weaving together of natural and man-made elements. Contemporary art and sculpture impels them to think about how we perceive materials, light, forms and environments. "We learn from how we feel," says Mark DuBois. "For example, the weight of concrete, softness of filtered light, comfort of enclosure and exhilaration of open spaces."

Year founded: 1996
Number of employees: 9
Services: Architecture, interiors, landscape

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