RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Construction was completed on a long, linear modern house and adjacent carriage house on an elevated site in New York’s Hudson River Valley, according to Manhattan-based architecture firm Amalgam Studio, who designed the project.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom, three-level family residence sits atop a ridge overlooking ranches, pastures and mountains of upstate New York. Amalgam Studio drew design cues from traditional barns nearby; with a long, rectangular presence, the house features timber framing and is topped with a gabled roof. The adjacent carriage house comprises a three-car garage and a workshop, with a loft space upstairs.

Exterior walls are rainscreen-cladded with Kebony modified wood. Kebony was also used for the structure’s roof and was left unsealed in its natural state to take on a grey patina overtime. The cladding, which includes tilting sunshades that double as hurricane shutters on the windows, was attached using an innovative clip system to the standing seams of roof sheathing, the first such installation in North America. The same Kebony was used throughout the entire building envelope to give the house a monolithic yet modern appearance.

Jesse Turnquist photo.

The main house is 5,000 square feet, with airy rooms and ceilings, exposed timber beams and a series of skylights, along with strategically positioned windows that draw natural light into the spaces. 

Interior finishes reflect the rural setting: white oak flooring, walnut cabinetry, and hickory vanity units. Locally sourced granite and slate were used for the hearth, wet areas and basement walls. In the living room, large glazed doors open onto large Kebony-decked outdoor environments. See http://kebony.com

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