180 Acre House

Set among 180 acres of rolling farm land in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, this weekend retreat was commissioned by a New Jersey family who wanted space for themselves and their horses.  The house is sited along a ridge with panoramic mountain views to the north and out of sight of any other structures. 

In order to take advantage of the view from every room and to draw passive heating from the sun, we stretched the house along the ridge and positioned floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows in the “served” spaces.  The remaining “servant” spaces like closets and bathrooms are internally focused and private with skylight illumination.  The net effect is a long bar that is alternately read as solid and void. 

The garage is connected to the house by a covered porch.  A stair from the covered porch leads to a roof deck with 360 degree views and a roof garden.   Wood siding extends into the interiors of the “served” spaces as flooring and wall and ceiling paneling to reinforce the home’s formal simplicity while referencing the agricultural buildings that dot the surrounding landscape.