LABhaus is proud to preview its first project in New York State– a custom ecoVilla planned for a fall/winter 2010 construction start in Westchester County. In addition to being the first LABhaus scheduled for construction in New York State, the home will feature such innovations as R40 wall construction, in-floor radiant heat, and dramatic new design elements set to debut in a revised ecoVilla line in the coming months.
The home will be built on a dramatic green-belt site with massive granite outcroppings and approximately seventy feet of vertical drop from one end of the lot to the other. As a result of the unique site conditions, the owners chose to build a custom ecoVilla. The building envelope itself is dominated by the highest of the granite outcroppings, with a down-slope fall off of approximately twenty feet. As such, the house was conceived of as two distinct elements– a monolithic slab resting on the outcropping and a vertical tower connecting back to the down-slope side.
The ‘slab’ contains the primary public spaces and is relatively closed to the north and north west to ensure both energy performance and privacy from neighboring homes. The ‘slab’ then opens to the south with massive terraces overlooking beautiful greenbelt views. The ‘tower’ contains the private spaces and offers primarily east and south exposures for the bedrooms and baths. The master bedroom and service spaces are on the upper level, with three children’s rooms on the lower level. The master suite offers a small private terrace overlooking the greenbelt and a generous spa-style bath. While the children’s rooms all are positioned above grade for privacy, the hallway offers direct access to a grade-level terrace and the rear yard beyond. Additionally, the ‘tower’ has a full basement with storage area and space to eventually build out as a large playroom.
The semi-private media room provides a comfortable retreat while still remaining visually connected to the dramatic site.
The over-sized island conceals the functional heart of the kitchen while allowing the cook a full view of the public areas and the natural beauty of the home’s site.
The dining room serves as the heart of the home.
The public spaces are concentrated on the upper level, perched upon a granite outcropping. The private spaces occupy the east-facing tower.
Extensive custom cabinetry and sliding glass walls organize the living area into an open lounge and a semi-private media room.
The dramatic site is punctuated by a substantial granite outcropping. In response, the design is bifurcated into a tower element on the down-slope side and a monolithic slab element which rests upon the outcropping.
The south exposure of the home takes full advantage of the dramatic site, with elevated indoor and outdoor living areas resting on a granite outcropping