Ruth's House is perched on a high plateau overlooking the Hudson River Valley. At 2,500 square feet, the house is an ideal if not compact expression of a weekend retreat. The single-story form and architecture are built around the basic spaces that help to engage its breathtaking site: covered terrace, screen porch, and walls of glass with big doors that connect the open plan to the landscape. At the heart of the house is a very bespoke and efficient open kitchen — the living/working domain for the owner, an acclaimed author, food critic, and cook. The kitchen is not merely a high functioning machine, but a place of making and socializing. Though not the geographic center of the house, it is the metaphoric center to be shared with the family, guests and an expansive landscape.
Residential, Single Family
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
RSE Associates, Inc