structuring and enriching a young forest
RAFT is collaborating with Thomas Phifer and Partners on the rehabilitation of a former sheep farm in the hills of Milan, New York. A contemporary concrete and glass house will frame long views of sunrise over the Berkshire Mountains and sunset over the Catskills. The wooded site is made up of second-growth oaks, hickories, and pines which have colonized sheep paddocks abandoned after the opening of the Erie Canal in the 1830's.
Hiking trails will invite the owner and visitors to discover the magical fern dells, stone walls, and old oaks which recall the open fields which once characterized the site. A woodland pool will sit within a secluded meadow at the bottom of a long staircase through a steep, wooded slope. RAFT is developing a nutrient poor soil and planting palette to heal the newly constructed landscape into the surrounding woods.