Built on a hillside in the idyllic village of Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York, a decidedly modern home rests on 9-foot-high steel columns that raise it in the air. It appears to hover above its surroundings, providing its inhabitants with a picturesque panorama of the Hudson River, a favorite subject of 19th-century landscape painters.
“We have this absolutely amazing view of the river to the west, so the intention was to capture as much of it as we possibly could,” says Rob Luntz, founder of Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4).
An open floor plan on the main level creates easy flow from the kitchen to the living room.
To best display the surrounding nature show, Luntz utilized massive glass throughout the home, including windows across the façade. Clerestory windows along the front let in natural light while providing privacy from the drive.
The house, clad in metal siding and Brazilian walnut wood, is the vacation home of a couple looking to escape the bustle of Manhattan. The innovative design uses the home’s 2,400 square feet of space wisely, resulting in an elongated building that stretches along the river, providing an expansive view from every room.
Low-E, argon-filled glass panes limit solar gain to keep the house comfortable during warmer weather. With operable windows and sliding glass doors, the entire house enjoys a natural cooling effect from the river breezes, and every room boasts copious amounts of cross-ventilation.
Sliding patio doors provide a seamless transition from the inside to the outdoor deck.