Hudson River Valley Spa

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Hospitality Architecture
Firm LocationNew York, United States
CompanyAndre Tchelistcheff Architects
Lead ArchitectAndre Tchelistcheff
Design TeamTakei Yamasaki (Project Architect) Eric Hildebrandt (Architect) Robert Murray (Structural Engineer) Paul Eppley (Contractor) Seong Kwon (Photography)

Nestled into the Hudson Valley hillside
amidst historical barns, greenhouses and
grain silos, the sauna
building we designed for a sprawling estate
house invites discovery. Located against an
existing
retaining wall, the sauna capitalizes on a
prime vantage point of the Hudson River. It
unexpectedly
reveals itself to those wandering the
grounds, with its form slowly materializing
through the surrounding
foliage.
Mise-en-scene with the estate’s 1940s
neo-baroque manor, the sauna’s modern
sensibility is highlighted,
yet it remains comfortably integrated with
the landscape as a whole. The ipe rain screen
captures
sunlight particularly—either coolly from an
overcast sky, or with a pinkish hue as the
sun sets over the
river. Viewing the landscape from inside,
glare from the sun is deterred by the bronze
visor running over
the windows.