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Pound Ridge House
Project Type:
Single Family Home, Housing, Rural,
Project Location:
Pound Ridge, New York
USA
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Awards and Acknowledgements:
Archirectural Record:
2018 Record Houses
Design Features:
Post and Beam Timber Construction, Daylighting, Fireplaces, Exposed Timber, Skylights, Douglas Fir, Custom Furniture, Japanese-Style Modernist
Project Summary:
Most architects would be pleased to design a weekend house for loyal clients in a picturesque country setting. But when Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown heard that Josie and Ken Natori wanted a Japanese-style modernist retreat, it gave them pause. The partners in the New York–based Tsao & McKown Architects, feared creating something that looked like a set from Teahouse of the August Moon, especially in the village of Pound Ridge, an hour north of New York City, known for its charming old fieldstone and clapboard houses. “We didn’t want to do Disney,” says Tsao. Additional Content: Jump to credits & specifications Of course, the Natoris didn’t want that either. But Josie, the Filipino-born lingerie designer, and Ken, a third-generation Japanese American and her company’s chairman, did have an affinity for the wood framing, delicate details, and flowing spaces of traditional Japanese architecture, along with a wish for easy connections to the outdoors. While neither Tsao (born in Hong Kong and schooled in the U.S.) nor McKown (raised in South Carolina) claimed to have personal experience with Japanese architecture, they are both familiar with Asian cultures through their travels and tastes. In the end, they came up with a discreet and elegant solution. “We sought to create the feeling of Japanese architecture, but not replicate a style,” says Tsao. The evolution of the design was immeasurably aided by the close relationship of the architects to the clients: they had designed residences for the couple in New York and Palm Beach, as well as show rooms and boutiques for the Natori fashion business. “It is a real joy to work with architects who understand what you have in mind,” says Josie. “Calvin can finish my sentences.” The 29-acre property, studded with rocky outcroppings as well as pines, birches, and hemlocks, came with a pre-Revolutionary house near the road where the Natoris had spent weekends since buying the place in 1984. While the cottage had been remodeled over time, it stayed true to the town’s historic character. When the couple finally decided that small windows and separate rooms, however quaint, were too claustrophobic, they turned it over to their son and his family, and contacted their architects. After closely studying the grounds, Tsao and McKown decided the house should be set on a ledge of glacial rock, looking down a slope toward the original house, a pond, and the road. “The actual siting was the exc
(Source: Architectural Record)
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130.57
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Design and Construction Team:
Tsao & McKown
Architect
Prutting & Company
General Contractor
Silman
Structural Engineer
GeoDesign, Inc.
Geotechnical
Wald Studio
Lighting Consultant
Gardiner & Theobald
Project and Cost Manager
Bibbo Associates, L.L.P.
Zoning and Septic
Fabricators and Manufacturers:
Quantum Windows & Doors
Windows, Sliding Doors
Architectural Timber & Millwork
Heavy Timber Framing, Exterior Wood Cladding, Wood Flooring
Endicott
Masonry Cladding
Kawneer
Skylights
Shibui
Keyaki Wood Temple Gates
OMNIA
Locksets
E.R. Butler
Entry Lockset, Custom Backplates
The Brass Center
Spa Millwork Hardware
Wainlands
Custon Recessed Interior Pulls
Pratt & Lambert Paints
Paints and Stains
Silestone
Master Bathroom Flooring
Corian
Master Bathroom Walls and Counters
Distinctive Window Treatment Plus
Interiog and Exterior Windows Shades
Carlton House
Custom Cabinets, Bed
Vanderhurd
Custom Rug
McGuire Furniture
Chaise Lounge
Sawkille
Convertible Daybed/Massage Table
Ferra Designs
Dining Table Resin Top
Bark Frameworks
Custom Mirror
Fiamma
Custom Fireplaces
HOLLY HUNT
Lighting (Sconce)
Urban Archeology
Ceiling Light at Entry
Artemide Lighting
Vanity Lights at Master Bath and Powder Room
YLighting
Ceiling Lights at Closet
Plug Lighting
Driveway Lights
Sylvania
Dimming and Electronic Ballast
Bath in Wood of Maine
Exterior Soaking Tub
Meehan & Ramos Pools
Exterior Pools
Kohler
Bathtub
Duravit
Washbasin
Geberit
Push Button Actuator
Dornbracht
Lavatory Faucet, Shower Controls, Rinsing Sprayer
Franke
Kitchen Sink
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