Located in a lonely mountain setting less than an hour's drive from Albany, New York, the firetruck-red Y House is an alluring example of Steven Holl’s residential work. Public and private spaces alternate throughout the layered interior, which is split across two arms that branch off from the main entrance.
Holl is well-known for his mega projects—including the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki and the Linked Hybrid in Beijing (more commonly know as the "horizontal skyscraper"). Yet, even as a world-renowned architect, he has never lost interest in smaller residential projects.
In an 2012 interview with Architectural Digest, Holl reflects on just this point: "Residences offer almost immediate gratification. You can shape space, light, and materials to a degree that you sometimes can’t in larger projects. I think architecture, to be really intense and fulfilling, doesn’t have to be large."
Three bedrooms plus three and a half bathrooms are spread out across the nearly 3,000-square-foot home. From the entrance, the home immediately splits into two halves, with a kitchen and two bedrooms on either side of the first floor. The living room and master bedroom are located upstairs to maximize views.