A House in the Catskills Hovers Over the Landscape

A pair of eco-minded architects build a house on a platform in the Catskills watershed.

Maria Ibañez de Sendadiano and Todd Rouhe had been camping in the Catskill Mountains of New York with their daughters, Inez and Luz, for many years, getting fresh air away from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where they live and run their firm, IdS/R Architecture. The couple do both commercial and residential work, and they’re members of Common Room, a collective based in Brussels and New York that publishes books and designs exhibition spaces for arts organizations. Their love of the wilderness and their growing interest in building with sustainable technologies converged as they began thinking about swapping their sleeping bags for a permanent second home outside the city.

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