Three and half hours outside of New York City, Steve Holl’s Y House cuts an unusual silhouette against the rolling green landscape. Bright red and shaped vaguely like the letter Y, Holl’s modern retreat is now up for grabs for $1.6 million.
Holl, known for light-filled, large-scale projects like the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art, built the Y House in 1999 on a remote hilltop in New York’s Catskill mountains. Like its name suggests, the house splits down the middle, creating two branches capped with south-facing balconies that embrace the warm sun. The exposed center brings loads of natural light into the house through an array of multi-shaped windows.
Holl approaches his residential projects with an experimental eye, once telling Architectural Digest, “Residences offer almost immediate gratification. You can shape space, light, and materials to a degree that you sometimes can’t in larger projects.”
True to form, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house upends the expected layout by placing the bedrooms on the ground floor and communal living space on the upper level.
Located at 434 Lawton Hollow Road, the Y House is listed for $1,600,000.