Hudson Highlands

This newly built contemporary home made many great things possible. Positioned high atop a mountain, it was equipped with walls that completely rolled away out of site and eliminated the “corner” of the building. Integration with the house was a critical consideration in this design as the architecture is so generously open to the outside, and therefore receptive to ideas of bringing the landscape in.

The client insisted on the use of bamboo as a fencing material to tie in with the Japanese influenced interior, but agreed that while using sympathetic materials, the garden portion would be strictly American in concept. A dry stream bed at the façade of the house provides necessary drainage, and guides water naturally over land, away from the house, without the use of less reliable underground piping. A site-gathered boulder inside the house visually and physically brings the outside in.

A simple bridge over the stream bed is also used to tie into the interior corridor of the house, joining the floor plan to that of the landscape, for an even stronger fusion of interior and exterior space. Conversely, the architectural walls project outward in the form of fences (suggestive of shoji screens) to give a sense of transparent containment and flow.

Landscape Architect: Brian Higley
Landscape contractor: Maple Leaf Associates, Mahopac, NY
House Architect: Sage Wimer Coombe Archtiects, NYC

Photography credits: All color photos by Carol G. Newman
Black and white pre-construction photo by Tim Lynch