House in the Woods

Buffalo, New York
Architect
  • Architectural Resources
Photographer
Location
  • Buffalo, New York
  • “House in the Woods” by Architectural Resources was awarded the ASID NYU / CE and AIA Buffalo Chapter Residential design awards. About the project:

    “Japanese culture is known for raising everyday activities to artistry. When a client asked for a traditional Japanese bathing experience within a contemporary residence, it required working within the limits of an existing structure with limitless creativity. This was accomplished through a contemporary interpretation of a tree house.

    The House in the Woods is secluded within woodland that abuts a major tributary to the Buffalo River. It’s an addition to a residence originally constructed in the 1970’s. The most notable design feature is the transition from the master bedroom area, known as the Cube, to the tree house. The suspended glass-enclosed walk allows you to step away from the daily routine in the home to cleanse your body and mind. Putting this walkway on the second floor created a new twist to an ancient experience by connecting you with nature by being immersed among the trees.

    Inside the tree house sits the actual Hinoki tub, imported from Japan. It’s surrounded on three sides by floor to ceiling windows further enhancing the experience. Imagine this space during a snowstorm. Inside, there’s a traditional corner where the bather can sit on a small wooden stool and use wooden pails to douse oneself with hot water before entering the bath. The preparations for the bath are described by the client as a “wonderful feeling, a sort of ritualistic and meditative bathing.” The House in the Woods is a space where simplicity in design enhances relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s a contemporary celebration of tradition.”

    - Architectural Resources. © 2017 Kim Smith Photo

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    Modern home with Bedroom, Bookcase, Bed, Wall Lighting, and Shelves. Custom casework, master bedroom Photo  of House in the Woods

    Custom casework, master bedroom

    Modern home with Bath Room, Ceiling Lighting, Enclosed Shower, Slate Floor, and Stone Tile Wall. Rain shower Photo 2 of House in the Woods

    Rain shower

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    Addition with Hinoki tub

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    Addition and original portions

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    Master bedroom from open walk-in closet area

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    Master bath

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    Hinoki tub with floor drain

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    Bridge and Hinoki tub lookout

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    Sauna

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    Master bedroom daytime

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    Master bedroom night

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    Wet bar

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    Library / exercise room

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    Bridge to Hinoki lookout

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    Addition

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    Art display

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    Private grounds adjacent to creek

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    Open walk-in closet

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    Custom cabinetry, open walk-in

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    Custom cabinetry, open walk-in