At one of their first meetings, William Reue’s client handed him a piece of paper bearing a rough sketch of the home that she had been imagining for the last 25 years. Her preliminary drawing centered on a curving Cor-Ten steel wall. And it was this defining feature, calling to mind Richard Serra’s monolithic sculptures, that served as the starting point for the 4,800-square-foot retreat in upstate New York.

Sitting at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains, the house, sheltered by Norway spruces, overlooks the expanse of the Hudson Valley. Its exterior is defined by the curved wall and a blocklike mass of local bluestone. Radial-saw marks from the manufacturer left streaks on the stone cladding, making the house appear as if it has been “cut from the earth,” says Reue.

The owner, a single woman, wanted public and private spaces for herself and her guests. The 125-foot-long steel wall on the north face inflects circulation inside the house around its bent form, and through the communal spaces—the living and dining areas and kitchen, where it gradually terminates in the secluded guest quarters on the southwest end. To amplify the light, Reue topped the house with a gently sloping roof above floor-to-ceiling windows, and painted the drywall of the curved interior surface off-white.

The architect implemented a number of energy-saving solutions for the LEED-Silver residence, from using structural insulated panels (SIPs) to employing rainwater harvesting and geothermal heating systems. With its green technologies and warm palette, the house fits into its forested landscape while minimizing its environmental footprint.

Gross square footage: 4800 SQFT

Completion Date: February 2013


William Reue Architecture
1123 Broadway, Suite 904
New York, NY 10010
PH: 212.727.1039
FAX: 212.727.2207

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
William Reue, R.A. (Design Principal)

James Teese, Jr. (Project Team)

Architect of record:
William Reue, R.A.

Structural Engineer:
Ross Dalland, P.E.

Mechanical Engineer:
D'Antonio Consulting Engineers

LEED Consultant:
Integral Building & Design

Home Automation:
Everglades Technology

Steve Freihon



Structural system
Hybrid structure using SIPS Panels and Structural Steel
SIPS provided & installed by Timberline Panel Company in Cambridge NY (518.665.8128)
Steel supplied by Albany Steel & installed by Benson Steel in Saugerties NY (845.246.3066)

Exterior cladding
2' x 2' BLUESTONE strips: Meshoppen Stone in Meshoppen PA (570.833.27.67)
COR-TEN Weathering Steel: Western States Decking (949.929.1020)
CEMBONIT Fiber-Cement Board Cladding: Cement Board Fabricators in Louisville KY (800.366.5378)

60 Mil Non-Reinforced White EPDM Roof by Carlisle (800-4-SYNTEC)

Solid Mahogany Windows:
Duratherm Windows in Winchester Center CT

Window Glazing
Quadruple Pane Glazing (windows):
ECO Insulating Glass in Mississauga, Ontario

Low-Profile Tempered Glass Skylights:
WASCO Skylights

Baldwin Hardware for Interior Doors:
Simon's Hardware in NYC

Interior finishes
Cabinets by Stanley

Wood-Burning Fire Place
STUV 21-105 Wood Burning Fireplace STUV America

Paints and Stains:
Benjamin Moore Paints (Low VOC)
DURASEAL Floor Stains

Solid surfacing:
All Countertops CAESAR Stone ' WHITE

Floor and wall tile:
Master Bath Walls DSP 'Esprit' White Marble Floral Mosaic (Artistic Tile)
Kitchen Backsplash 'Stone Wood' Slab from Dente Stone in New Jersey
All Countertops CAESAR Stone ' WHITE
Guest Shower Walls La Perla 12x12, Honed

Betsy Davis Drapery

Recessed Lighting:
Belfer Lighting

Lighting Controls:
Control 4

Wall-mount toilets DURAVIT
Plumbing Fixtures Hans Grohe
Master Vanity Falper

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
1. Underground Rain Water Storage Tank used for flushing AND for irrigation.

2. UltraTouch Natural Cotton Insulation (interior Partitions)

3. Super-Insulated Room (6' Rigid Insulation on Exterior Roof + High Density Spray Foam on Interior Roof)

4. 14' Thick SIPS exterior wall construction with Taped Seams

5. Direct Exchange Geo-Thermal Heating System by Earthlinked

6. Energy Recovery Ventilator