Peter L. Gluck (born November 19, 1939) is founder and principal of GLUCK+ in New York City. For more than 40 years, the practice has committed to crafting bold, innovative, and conceptually unique architecture. Gluck has designed buildings ranging from structures such as hotels, schools, university buildings and affordable housing to churches, homes, corporate interiors and historic restorations.
The influence of Japanese style is evident in Gluck’s work, as he created systems of panels which are reminiscent of the movable walls in traditional Japanese architecture. In the end “Gluck succeeded in producing work in the manner of Mies that transcends an exercise in imitation or role playing. It succeeds by not being exactly Mies while always being about Mies, an absorbing gloss in steel and glass.”
One of his most recent projects is Bridge, a high-rise development under construction in Old City, Philadelphia. Other award-winning projects include Little Ajax Affordable Housing, Aspen, Colorado; my favorite: Tower House, Upstate New York, which was selected by Architectural Record for their “Record Houses” issue in 2013; and Floating Box House, Austin.
Tower House (2013)
The Tower House sits on a small plateau above the rest of the property and relies on a combination of wood platform construction and steel. The house resembles a cross between a Modernist skyscraper and a tree house.
It is completely glass-clad and has three bedrooms and adjoining baths stacked one on top of the other to support a living and dining room cantilevered 30 feet from the ground. A switchback stair, with bright-yellow treads and risers, connects all four levels and leads to a rooftop deck.
The top floor, which contains the living spaces, spreads out from the tower like the surrounding forest canopy, providing views of the lake and mountains in the distance. An outdoor roof terrace deck above extends the living space above the treetops, offering a stunning lookout to the long view.
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