This small vacation house is designed as a stairway to the treetops. Keeping the footprint to a minimum so as not to disturb the wooded site, each of the first three floors has only one small bedroom and bath, each a tiny private suite. The top floor, which contains the living spaces, spreads out from the tower like the surrounding forest canopy, providing views of the lake and mountains in the distance, virtually the entire Catskill mountain range. The glass-enclosed stair highlights the procession from forest floor to treetop aerie, while the dark green enameled back-painted glass exterior camouflages the house by reflecting the surrounding woods, and dematerializing its form.
Project Status: Built
- Architecture Firm: Gluck+
- Project Team: Peter L. Gluck, Thomas Gluck, David Hecht, Marisa Kolodny, A.B. Moburg-Davis
- Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates P.C.
- Mechanical Engineer: IBC Engineering Services Inc.
- Façade: Forst Consulting Co., Inc.
- Environmental Engineer: IBC Engineering Services Inc.
- Lighting: Lux Populi
- Photography: Paul Warchol, Courtesy of Gluck+