planting the woods back in the community
Set on 1,000 wooded acres in the Hudson Highlands, this 1920's cabin community centers around a new lodge designed by CCS Architecture. RAFT integrated the site's geology, forest ecology, and hydrology into a landscape vision for the communal spaces around the lodge and recreational facilities. This reconfigured landscape maintains the rustic, native character of the land while balancing recreational uses, vehicular demands, and pedestrian safety.
In the first phase of construction, native canopy trees and deer-tolerant understory plantings reconnect the building to its forest context. A gentle S-curve in the driveway sends stormwater through planted swales that will clean out toxins before the water flows to the community's pond. Giant, field-collected boulders define a new social space within the scale and grain of the native stone ledge that marches across the property.