“Why has man rooted himself thus firmly in the earth, but that he may rise in the same proportion into the heavens above?”
-H. D. Thoreau, Walden

Thoreau writes of the Berkshires from an observation tower at the top of Mt. Greylock before beginning his experiment at Walden Pond as a journey to abstract truth through isolation.

Thoreau believed that being alone in nature was the way to bring us into contact with our true selves and gain an understanding of the world around us.

Climbing above the traditionally inhabited ground plane, the Thoreau studio urges the inhabitant to consider more than the visceral world below. A broad view on one side of the studio narrows to a vertical cut that creates a singular abstraction of the relationship between the individual and the outside world.