Contemporary countryside house by Paul Cha Architect
A short two-hour drive north of New York City brings you to C-1 House. Located in historic Hudson Valley, this 2,000 sq. ft. house was designed by Paul Cha Architect as a weekend retreat from hectic New York city life, but also for entertaining friends and enjoying the nature.
The contemporary countryside house is surrounded by dense vegetation to the south and north, while commanding a vineyard view to the east, and a view of the distant Black Dome Mountain to the west.
After studying the programmatic, functional, and budgetary requirements, the proposal formed the plan for a hybrid of the New England Salt Box typology: a 50'L X 20'W X 25'H rectangular box with 11' high public spaces on first floor and 9' high private rooms on second floor.
The construction consists of concrete foundation/footings, supporting a wood framed enclosure with spatial layouts based upon standard modular construction dimensions.
Attention to human scale and material detailing is integral to the design throughout the countryside house, as evident in the spatial proportions of public spaces and private rooms, along with detailing ranging from corner windows to concealed cabinetry.
Similar in spirit to Shaker houses built in the Hudson Valley, in years long past, the C-1 House's functional and contemplative character can be seen as a modern reinterpretation of house on the prairie.
Photography: Courtesy of Paul Cha Architect