Set in the forest, overlooking an alpine lake in the Hudson River valley, the Sterling Lodge was designed to blend in with the natural landscape of rocks and rock outcrops on the grounds. With its green roof, mahogany windows, and façade clad in gray granite, the building blends into its surroundings from a distance. Set on a natural rock shelf in the cliff, among the trees, the house takes advantage of the insulating properties of the soil, which creates great energy efficiency, as half is sunk into the hill. With its L-shaped plan, it contains living areas, kitchen, dining and living areas. All rooms open onto a large hundred-meter terrace overlooking the forest; thus creating the feeling of being in a tree house. The lower level contains all the bedrooms and private areas, each with a private terrace overlooking the forest, while the garage, guest wing and playroom are located in the adjacent wing of the L-shaped plan. From the outside, the structure looks like a castle in the forest that grows out of its rugged and rustic surroundings.
Architectural Design: Alexander Gorlin Architects
Building Date: 2021
Photography: Peter Aaron
Natural Stone: Gray granite