Location     Tagkhanic, NY
Size             3500 sq ft
Date            2008
Firm            Sonya Lee, project architect
                   Toshiko Mori Architect


Taghkanic residence

Situated between two large rock outcroppings over a 400' cliff in Taghkanic NY, this dramatic siting of the house takes in the spectacular views of the Hudson Valley.  The house is constructed of two main volumes with a central spine that provides circulation and passage from the exterior to the interior.  The lower volume with panoramic glazing along the western facade opens to the main living, kitchen and dining area.  A central hearth constructed of natural bluestone unearthed from the site during construction, is the pivoting point between the two volumes.   The two story volume beyond is comprised of the private sleeping quarters, nestled between the large rock outcroppings softened with native moss and ferns.   The landscape and site informed and defined the design of the house. 

Photography by Iwan Baan