Process & Construction
The Pinecrest House is sited on a previously developed sloped hillside 10 miles north of Manhattan with broad west-facing views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades. The existing buildings on the property, a 2-story house (1924) and a 1-story garage (1945), were deteriorating from years of neglect and a decision was made to rebuild.
The property is conceptually organized as a series of stepped terraces that follow the sloped topography of the hillside. From the street, the house is approached along a descending stone path through a woodland garden. This space provides separation and a transition lower into the site.
The entry faces east, where west-facing views are held back. Following another short descent, the open living spaces open to views to the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond. The living spaces also extend laterally to an outdoor deck connecting to outdoor living spaces & the pool.
The house is bracketed on two sides by stone walls: the pre-existing garage (1945) is repurposed as a creative studio and the original foundation (1924) supports the roof of the open pool cabana. The west-facing side of the house is lifted above grade, emphasizing the views. A aged American Elm foregrounds these views and provides shade to the garden from the afternoon sun.
The upper floor, containing two bedrooms, is organized around a central stair that draws southern light deep into the middle of the house.
The architecture is expressed with a material simplicity. The house is clad in a modified wood rainscreen, a singular gesture that attempts contrast with the older, heavier anchoring of the stone walls. The wood remains untreated and will change from its natural brown to a weathered grey hue, blending into the natural context.
Mike Jacobs, Maya Taketani, Sólveig Gunnarsdóttir, Varoon Kelekar, Zoe Goodman, Guillaume Lapointe.
Photography: Michael Wells
Landscape Design: Future Green Studio
Furnishings: Design LoCA_Pascha Goodwin
General Contractor: Green River Build
Structural & Civil Engineering: Badey & Watson Surveying & Engineering