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Dutchess County Residence is a guest house located in a mature deciduous forest of oak, hickory, and birch on the eastern slopes of the Hudson River Valley in Dutchess County, New York. Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the guest house is a part of a larger site plan including a private residence and gallery. According to the architects, “Balanced above a bend in Ryder Creek, the guest house is located in a mature deciduous forest of oak, hickory, and birch. The two-bedroom, 1300sf house is held within a continuous structural frame of eight-inch steel that weaves through the site, blurring the boundaries between forest and house. Enclosures and terraces are formed by panels of wood and glass that slip between, over, and through the frame as it meanders among the trees. The house is reached by a long path through the woods from the Main House meadow. Each room of the house looks to a different region of the site, emphasizing closeness and connection to the landscape.
The Guesthouse is a place of silence, reflection and intimacy. In summer, the house is animated by birdsong and immersed in dappled light. In winter, the house sits exposed in field of black tree trunks against a floor of white snow.”
Image Courtesy: Allied Works Architecture