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Steven Holl’s Catskills ‘Y House’ asks $1.6M

A modern retreat in a rural landscape

Two-story red house with balconies on both floors, located on a mountain. Paul Warchol

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.

Red house with windows of various shapes, located on verdant land. Paul Warchol
Airy interior of house with stairway leading to upper level and windows bringing in natural light from all sides. Paul Warchol

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.

View into bedroom with glass walls and double doors leading to a balcony. Paul Warchol
View into bedroom with glass walls and double doors leading to a balcony. Paul Warchol