planting the woods back in the community
Gipsy Trail Club is a sensitive landscape renovation of the center of this 1920's cabin community set on 1000 acres in the Hudson Highlands. The design integrates the site's geology, forest ecology, and hydrology into a landscape vision for the communal spaces around a new lodge and recreational facilities. Native canopy trees and deer-tolerant understory plantings reconnect the building to its forest context.
The reconfiguration of the landscape maintains the rustic, native character of the land while balancing recreational uses, vehicular demands, and pedestrian safety. A gentle S-curve in the driveway sends stormwater through planted swales which cleanse 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.