WHLA receives Honor Award from NY Upstate Chapter ASLA

News - 02.06.2017

Wagner Hodgson has received a 2016 design honor award for the Taconic Retreat project in Millerton NY, from the NY Upstate Chapter of ASLA. High atop a hill, a 28,000 SF rectangular ‘tapis vert’ was scribed into this rolling 110 acre parcel, as the organizing element for a weekend home and surrounding site elements.  At the east end of this tilted rectangular plane sits a contemporary ‘barn’ of Corten steel and glass, at the west end is a lap pool, children’s wading pool and terrace at the precipice.  Steel tree wells allow key existing trees to remain and extend barn materials out into the landscape. The tapis vert adds a functional, yet sculptural element to the composition, which through material recalls the rusting farm implements of Dutchess County and through pattern, the hay bales that dot the local agrarian landscape. By extending the clients love of contemporary art and minimalism out into the landscape, the project creates a very personalized family retreat that can be enjoyed for generations to come.