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Located in the Hudson River Valley about a two-hour drive north of New York City, the Hudson Passive Project's design was inspired by traditional Upstate New York barn architecture. Stone walls and a laminated wood structure support a simple gable roof. The large, south facing glass wall illuminates and warms the interior.
From the distance, the simple, barn-like structure fits in with the landscape and the traditional architectural forms of the Hudson River Valley.
The large glass wall at the south end of the house lets the interior light shine through in the evening hours, turning the house into a giant lantern in the landscape. Though snow blankets the landscape, the house remains warm and inviting.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are at the north end of the house. A loft-like space contains two bedrooms while the master bedroom is on the first floor.
The loft area has views of the great room and out to the landscape beyond. The concrete floor is a large thermal mass to collect and store heat generated during the day. At night, the heat stored in the floor radiates back out into the rooms.
Learn more about the design and workings of this house
Passive House Institute