Architects Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, partners at New York firm Weiss/Manfredi, have long been merging landscape and structure in their work, including the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle (2007) and the visitor center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (2012). In these projects, the architecture becomes part of the site and the site part of the architecture, so that it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.
Now they have explored this theme in their first ground-up residential project, a rustic but modern house in Tuxedo Park, New York, about 40 miles northwest of Manhattan. Established in the 1880s as a private hunting and fishing reserve, the village was a popular retreat for New York’s elite through the 1920s, with many stately houses designed by prominent late-19th- and early-20th-century architects, including Bruce Price, McKim, Mead & White, and John Russell Pope. Tuxedo Park (which gave the name to the gentleman’s formal attire) is also noted for its distinctive craggy landscape, with dense woods and winding roads.