A weekend retreat constructed on a wooded lot in the Hudson Highlands. The client is a well-known New York artist and her husband. Organized like an open loft space, all services are concentrated in a compact central block, allowing natural cross ventilation and optimal use of living space. In 2011, the clients approached us with a new brief: a working studio and new entry. The result is vertical counterpoint to the horizontal body of the existing house, which in turn activates the surrounding landscape.