Modern Tower House Camouflages Itself Among the Nature.
The sleek and modern Tower House is a vacation home that’s designed as a stairway to the treetops. It was built by Thomas Gluck, a principal of the architecture firm GLUCK+, on his family’s land in the Catskills of New York State. The land is owned by Gluck’s father, Peter, and it has served as a space for the family of architects to design and build follies since 1972. The most impressive characteristic of the Tower House is its cantilevered structure, which makes the residence perhaps the most modern single-family “treehouse”ever built.
“This small vacation house is designed as a stairway to the treetops. Keeping the footprint to a minimum so as not to disturb the wooded site, each of the first three floors has only one small bedroom and bath, each a tiny private suite. The top floor, which contains the living spaces, spreads out from the tower like the surrounding forest canopy, providing views of the lake and mountains in the distance, virtually the entire Catskill mountain range. The glass-enclosed stair highlights the procession from forest floor to treetop aerie, while the dark green enameled back-painted glass exterior camouflages the house by reflecting the surrounding woods, and dematerializing its form.”
Modern Tower House Camouflages Itself Among the Nature: