This project reinvigorates the main crossroad in town by restoring one of the most significant historic structures in the area and repurposing it as a public inn and restaurant serving the local community and guests from New York City and surrounding areas. The three acre site includes two historic structures and two contemporary structures designed to gracefully integrate with the scale, rhythm, materials and colors of the regional local architecture.
The restoration of Topping Rose House serves as gateway to a modern restaurant, inn and spa facility. Adjacent to the house, the creative adaptation of an historic barn serves as a space for business events and private parties. The new Studio provides a contemporary event space available for similar activities. The Studio includes guest suites upstairs and a spa downstairs offering massage and other treatments. The new Cottages consist of four structures containing guest suites and a fitness center.
Our objective has been to create a compelling architecture combining the past and the present in a harmonious composition of buildings to draw guests to enjoy experiences ranging from private dinners and lodging to large social events and business functions, and to support all of these activities with the same facility and resources throughout the year whether in high season summer months or off season.
One of the goals of the design has been to create a seamless layered connection between indoors and the site. The louvered insulating glass walls in the new buildings illuminate while providing controlled views of the landscape. Wood louvers filter the light in the warmer months while allowing light to reach deep indoors during the cooler months.
We have drawn inspiration equally from the historic site and structures, the thriving local arts community and our client’s vision for the property.