Upstate

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Gluck+ architects, Scholar's Library, Catskill Mountains, cubic shelter, woodland retreat, study shelter

Now that school’s back in session, we’ve found the perfect solitary haven for reading, writing, and studying. A minimal cube in the woods, the Scholar’s Library by Gluck+ Architects is located in a serene, forested area of Olivebridge, New York. The design is enclosed on the bottom, but open with wrap-around windows on the top. It’s “walls” change with the seasons, turning green in the summer, orange in the fall, and white in the winter.

Learn more about this cute studying retreat here

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Green Roofed Pool Pavilion by Gluck+ Heats up with Geothermal Energy

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Tue, September 2, 2014

Gluck+ architects, Pool Pavilion, green roof, geothermal energy, Adirondack Mountains,

Just because summer is officially over doesn’t mean we’ve stopped imagining weekend getaways and warm-weather retreats. And the Pool Pavilion in New York´s beautiful Adirondack Mountains along the shores of Lake George is the perfect place to satisfy our daydreams. Design by Gluck+, this elegant recreational structure works as a central gathering space, uniting the existing family and guest houses around a series of exterior and interior spaces. Naturally heated by a deep geothermal well and topped by a luscious green roof, this sustainable shelter blends in beautifully with its rolling environment.

Learn more about the green Pool Pavilion and peek inside

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Gluck+ Architects, Rado Redux, floating box home, Armonk, Ladislav Rado, modern renovation

New York-based Gluck+ Architects recently renovated a classic mid-century modern home to its former glory. Built back in 1956, the Rado Redux House in Armonk was originally designed by Czech émigré architect Ladislav Rado, who arrived from Europe with an invitation from Walter Gropius and eventually became Harvard University’s architecture chairman. Exemplary of its time, the building is openly related to its external environment and features influences from Japan.

Learn more about the classic Rado Redux house here

Architecture, Design, Interiors, Upstate

CCO1 House, Levenbetts, Columbia County New York, modern farmhouses, upstate New York architecture

When you think farmhouse, images of red barns and wooden fences probably come to mind. But the CCO1 House by Levenbetts couldn’t stray farther from this nostalgic vision; and that’s a good thing.

Built in the middle of an agricultural field in Columbia County, New York, this contemporary home was designed to work around the site’s existing linear grooves, etched into the rolling hills from years of farming. The organization, cladding, and details all take the topography into account, and the house steps up from east to west to follow the contour of the land.

Plenty more design details are ahead

Design, Landscape Architecture, Upstate

Susan Wisniewski Landscape, Greene County Residence, Greene County New York, upstate New York landscape design, trapezoidal pool

In typical rural esthetic, the grounds of the Greene County Residence are rolling and untamed. To work with this natural terrain, as well as juxtapose it, Susan Wisniewski Landscape created an angular outdoor pool setting that is both traditional and modern. The flat, rustic pavers surrounding the watering hole fit with the conventional barn, but the pool’s trapezoidal shape adds a geometric punch to the otherwise organic setting.

More about the outdoor design here

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Gluck+, Upstate New York, glazed tower home, Tower House, unique vacation home, forest mirador

Though you may not be as limber as you once were, there’s still hope that you can climb to the top of a tree. Well, sort of. Rising above the Ulster County landscape is a uniquely glazed home that was designed as a stairway to the top of its surrounding landscape. Created by New York-based architecture firm Gluck+, the contemporary Tower House works as both a viewing platform and a functional home, sitting atop a plateau on the 19-acre property. Its unusual, cantilevered shape causes minimal impact on the ground and provides inhabitants with amazing views of virtually the entire Catskill mountain range.

Learn more about the Tower House and peek inside

Architecture, Getting Away, Green Design, Interiors, Upstate

The Polygon Sculpture Studio, Hague, double-gable design, Jeffrey S. Poss, red cedar cladding

No, you are not seeing double, at least not quite. This sweet woodland shelter was created for two different functions, hence its unique double-gable design. Called the Polygon Sculpture Studio, this shelter in Hague, New York, doubles as a guesthouse and small work studio. It was designed by architect Jeffrey S. Poss and offers a comfortable, light-filled space for guests, as well as a great environment for artistic creation.

Learn more about this woodland shelter here

Architecture, Design, Hotels, Places to Stay, Restaurants, Upstate

There’s so much talk these days about the happenings up in Beacon, New York, from the Dia:Beacon, undoubtedly the area’s biggest attraction, to the locally sourced restaurants lining the Hudson. And if you’re hoping to make this upstate getaway longer than just a day trip, the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls can accommodate much more than just your overnight stay.

Aryeh Siegel, unofficial “architect of Beacon,” was enlisted by developer Robert A. McAlpine to restore and adaptively resue the buildings on this 9-acre, 19th century industrial site located on the Fishkill Creek. They were transformed into a complex including a hotel, restaurant, and event space. Historically appropriate, modern private residences were added, and the former power house is being reconstructed to provide hydro-electric power, which will account for 60% of the hotel’s energy. The Rockwell Group outfitted the hotel and restaurant interiors with a contemporary yet rustic design esthetic, incorporating pieces from local artisans.

Take a tour through this gorgeous getaway

Architecture, Design, Interiors, Upstate

Cooper Joseph Studio, Writer's Studio, Ghent New York, writer's retreat, modern upstate cabins

It’s not easy working from home as a writer with distractions like family, cell phones, emails, and the myriad of other interruptions that modern life creates. But Cooper Joseph Studio created a place to escape and be one with the keyboard.

Nestled in a serene setting in Ghent, New York, the Writer’s Studio is the perfect one-person getaway for meditation, writing, or any type of creation expression one might fancy. The single-room studio is a rectangular volume that overlooks ponds and fields on one side and the deep woods on the other. Each façade is specifically designed to highlight its views, and the minimalist interior is accented by walnut and black slate detailing.

More about this writer’s dream home straight ahead

Architecture, Design, Upstate

Para-Project, Van Alen Institute, Syracuse New York, Haffenden House

The Haffenden House by PARA-Project, a tranquil writers studio in Syracuse, New York, was designed as a place for two poets to find respite and inspiration. Located on a typical suburban street, the modern, white rectangular structure stands out against the more traditional homes to its left and right. The architect has stated that “The project finds itself within the suburban realm, referencing Gianni Pettena’s Ice House from 1972, as a blank spot within the repetitive image of ‘house.'”

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