Glen Falls House

 

Glen Falls House

Glen Falls House is a boutique resort located in the Catskills region of New York State. First built in 1881 as a family farm, the property was converted into a resort in the 1940’s. Throughout the mid-20th century, the resort experienced popularity and expansion, as cottages, motels, and a tavern were built to accompany the original farmhouse.

In May 2017, the property was purchased by two partners with backgrounds in New York City hospitality and nightlife. They brought to Glen Falls House a desire to refresh and revitalize, and to transform the resort into a woodland haven for creativity and leisure; a destination for wayward urbanites and a focal point for the local region.

Nocturnal Medicine joined the team as lead designers, heading a comprehensive redesign of Glen Falls House’s campus and interiors. Our approach was grounded in past, present, and future; we aimed to bring a sensitive hand to the existing spaces, tuning into and preserving elements of the existing character while making precise interventions to update and transform. At the heart of the design is an aim to let the outside in—to inject into the expected cabin experience of Upstate the strange, alien nature of the woods.

 
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Type _ Master Planning, Interior Design, Landscape Design

Time _  2018

Location _ Round Top, NY

Client _ Glen Falls House

Collaborators _ Sarah Kantrowitz

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 The solarium in morning

The solarium in morning

 
 
 
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 View from inside the on-site restaurant, Trotwood

View from inside the on-site restaurant, Trotwood

 
 
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Things to Do in the Woods

dance parties

ambient tripping

object foraging

being held by the roots

nestling in things

ikebana foraging

being intimate with much larger things

and much smaller things

feats of strength

orienteering

identifying leaves, grasses, insects, birds

monsters, yetis

 
 
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 The lobby

The lobby

 
 
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 An external illuminated rock wall shares space with the diners

An external illuminated rock wall shares space with the diners

 
 Guest room inside the Main House

Guest room inside the Main House

 
 
 
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bathe

urinate into absorbent mosses

snow shoes

soil, water quality testing

find buried treasure / burying treasure

be naked

be barefoot

eat things

learn what is poisonous

 
 
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sit on it, lie on it, be read aloud to

let water droplets fall from a leaf to your nose

kiss the rounded plump parts