The Rubber House was built originally for the famed choreographer Eugene Loring and his partner, who was a chef. It was then owned by an Oscar-winning actor, who faithfully retained the original dance studio, industrial kitchen and muted, multi-toned pallet, whilst upgrading the master bathroom with a sumptuous double tub. It's unlike any house you've seen before, and is not a typical rural home. Instead it offers the experience Loring sought of "living in a work of art" in harmony with nature. A place of immense calm, beauty and inspiration.
The first home by architect Tom Pritchard, every detail has been designed with great care and attention. A story unfolds told in dappled light and tactile surfaces as you immerse yourself in the space and feel the passage of time and season in an elemental cocoon. The designer was given the freedom to embrace environmental innovations such as natural ventilation and a paint-free neoprene exterior, creating an influential case study and local landmark.Situated on seven acres of rock-walled land, the house is nestled within a set of giant moss-covered prehistoric boulders. The grounds are left wild, providing sanctuary to a wealth of local life.
Located by the Mohonk nature preserve, there are wonderful hiking trails and lakes to explore nearby, whilst Hudson, Woodstock and New Paltz are in easy reach for food and diversion. Closer by, Stone Ridge has Emmanuel's, a great market for groceries, and Rosendale has a small art house cinema, and High Falls a number of cafes and bars. Easy to get to from NYC, it's however very hard to leave The Rubber House, and a great place to spend quality time with those near and dear. Friends seem to always be passing by on their way from Greenpoint to Nolita, or London to LA. It's a perfect retreat, with space to entertain in style.
The heart of the house is the vaulted glass chef's kitchen, open to the dining and living room, where Hella Jongerius's Polder sofa faces a fireplace and library to form a welcoming nook surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. A corridor - off which is a downstairs half bath - leads to the adjoining studio building. With sprung wooden floors, 20 foot skylit ceilings and a wall of dance mirrors and a barre, it's large enough to shoot a fashion story, practice yoga, rehearse a band or of course choreograph in. A daybed provides extra space for guests in the studio, or a comfy spot to watch films projected on the wall.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a fireplace, and 270 degree views over the private meadow and woods, with curved glass floor-to-ceiling windows and a wooden deck. Its en suite bathroom has a two-person tub that looks out into the woods. A guest suite and further bathroom is on the other side of a walkway through the glass atrium. There's a 'writer's tower' up another flight of stairs, with views over the rooftop, wood and fields.
The house has central heating, and is self ventilating in the summer. A manual explains how everything works, but should something not, a caretaker is on call locally who keeps an eye on the house for its current custodians, an American ballerina and a British creative director.