Into the woods: a private tour of Upstate New York's latest architectural retreat
New York firm Lang Architecture is the latest design practice to dabble in property development, aiming to break into the scene with their newest venture; Hudson Woods Development consists of 26 homes located throughout a plot of 131 acres.
The cabins, described by Lang as an example of the ‘modern cabin vernacular’, are situated within the picture perfect province of Hudson Valley, an area of dense and nature filled woodland situated in upstate New York. Located a skip hop and a jump from Manhattan, the Hudson development is self-penned by Lang as ‘the new creative corridor’, providing the city’s residents with the opportunity of a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.
The first house to be completed has been snapped up by Lang Architecture’s founder and the lead architect on the project, Drew Lang, who aims to use his new home as a relaxing weekend retreat to share and enjoy with friends and family.
The two-storey property's right wing contains the spacious master bedroom, adjoined walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. The living areas take the form of a large open plan space, coined the ‘great room’, spilling out onto the home’s generous outdoor deck and conjoined pool area. The first floor living and sleeping quarters are separated by the property's kitchen. The custom designed kitchen island creates a focal point for this area, expertly fitted with a soapstone top and a black walnut body, and adorned with a series of forest green tiles manufactured by Heath Ceramics.
The property's ground floor is home to two further bedrooms, a utility space, a multi-functional den area and a deck. Rift and quartersawn white oak are used throughout, chosen for their timeless quality and sustainability. The wood is sourced from ‘FSC certified four-generation family owned forest and mills’, explains Lang. The external cladding is western red cedar, specifically selected for its durability and longevity.
Each of the stick frame constructions sit on plots of land ranging from 2.7 to 10 acres, securing seclusion and privacy for its inhabitants. At the same time, they all adhere to strict FSC guidelines, each house successfully meeting the criteria for the economic, social and cultural needs of the surrounding woodlands. On top of this, each new homeowner is supplied with a fruit tree grove pack and a vegetable garden to help cement their relationship with the nature around them.