The Pond House mirrors and honors its surroundings in both form and function.

Seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City, Kyle Page set out to create a rural sanctuary for his family. The goal of the project would be twofold: Build a weekend cabin where their two- and four-year-olds could play and friends could visit, and experience the design freedom—sans “budget headaches”—of being both the owner and architect.

The Pond House has a standing-seam roof and wall panels made of Cor-Ten steel that throw the forest around it into relief.

The Pond House has a standing-seam roof and wall panels made of Cor-Ten steel that throw the forest around it into relief.

Bjorg Magnea

The hunt for land began in 2015, and after months of searching, Page came across a listing for 19 forested acres in Phillipsport, roughly 80 miles north of Manhattan. While investigating on Google Maps, his interest was piqued when he discovered a large pond. Page viewed the property that weekend and put in an offer, closing the following year at around $135,000.

A view of the property from above shows the cabin in progress.

A view of the property from above shows the cabin in progress.

Bjorg Magnea

He approached the land as a pioneer, developing with surrounding materials while honoring the existing environment. The wooded property features wetlands, old stone pasture walls, exposed ledgestone “marching down from the north and west sides,” and the pond.

The cabin perched at the edge of the pond.

The cabin perched at the edge of the pond.

Bjorg Magnea

See the full story on Dwell.com: An Architect Builds a Quiet, Wabi-Sabi Weekend Cabin in New York

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