PRIVATE RESIDENCE | Putnam County, NY | 
2023 | Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design

Perched on a ridge overlooking the Hudson River, the design frames expansive views of the Hudson Highlands recalling the breathtaking tradition of landscape painting of the Hudson River School. The project also draws inspiration from the name of the steep drive leading to the site – EYRIE – A nest of a bird of prey, typically built high in a tree or on a cliff. Floating above the rugged topography to minimize the impact on the site, a simple rectilinear volume of zinc, cedar and glass cantilevers on three sides above a base of glass and locally quarried stone. The design positions the main shared living space on the upper level, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a continuous balcony. The den and study area occupy the cantilever over a steep western ravine with views extending through the building. Bedrooms are located below, accessed via a glass walkway along a landscape of native plant material. A double-height entry volume connects the two floors and reveals an uninterrupted vista through the building of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Cut into the slope of the site, the lower level houses a game room, workroom and mechanical spaces. Sustainability and energy performance were of central importance during the design process, with a goal of net-zero energy consumption. Sustainable features include deep overhangs, triple glazing, a highly insulated envelope, a 19-kW photovoltaic panel array on the sloped roof of the living space, cross ventilation, radiant heating and a geothermal system. Experiencing the dramatic views from this unique vantage point is accessible on all levels, supporting multigenerational use throughout the year.

Awards | SARA NY Design Award, 2024

Consultant Team | LERA, Structural Engineer; Polise Consulting Engineers, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, Scott Matthews, Lighting Design

General Contractor | Heitmann Builders Inc.

Photo Credits | Jameson Lowrey, Susan Rodriguez

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EYRIE

EYRIE

A Hudson Highland Overlook

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