Here’s an incentive for everyone to bone up on scholarly pursuits: a glass and concrete cube in the middle of a wooded landscape, designed as a personal library and study by New York City architectural firm Gluck+. “The first floor is completely closed and contains stacks for a library of books. The second floor, which is entirely open, is a scholar’s working study. The study sits on the books below much like scholarship rests on the body of work that precedes it.”
Sliding windows, which open on all four sides, allow for direct engagement with the natural surroundings throughout the year. “The changing seasons provide the context, with the study “walls” green in the summer, orange in the fall, and white in the winter. The study is a serene and solitary haven for quiet work that is at the same time immersed in the natural world around it.” So beautifully immersed, in fact, that we can’t help but wonder how much work could possibly get done here.