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.
Bio Established in 1998, the office of Andre Tchelistcheff Architects bases its practice on conceptual refinement, attention to craftsmanship and detail, and stylistic fluency. The work of the practice spans a wide range of commissions including new homes, townhouse renovations and additions, offices, showrooms, hotels, and institutional buildings. Working closely with our clients, we develop resonant and elegant design solutions best suited to the specific location as well as the historical, financial, and programmatic parameters of each project.