The Holley House was designed for a thirty-acre wooded site near Garrison, New York.  The program was for a 4-bedroom house, including a master bedroom wing.

Project Name: Holley House
Studio Name: HMA
Location: Garrison, New York
Client: Steven Holley

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The house developed from two parallel walls that organize the program into three pavilions: an east pavilion (master bedroom suite); a central pavilion (entry and guest bedroom wing);  and west pavilion (public areas).  The two walls are built from stone quarried on the site and a nearby quarry.  The house is experienced as indoor and outdoor spaces organized around and through the two walls.

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Two open pavilions on either side of the walls connect interior space to outdoor landscaped areas.  The spatial sequence east to west runs from wooded area east of the master bedroom pavilion to a pond below, passing through the north-south walls that separate the three pavilions.  The north to south sequence from the driveway to the pool passes through the central pavlion suspended between the stone walls.  The sequences intersect in the formal entry area.

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The house includes green features:  cladding is sustainably harvested cedar; the stone is from a local quarry and also harvested from the site;  the gypsum wallboard is recycled; the structure is recycled wood beams and recycled steel;  paint and floor finishes are low VOC finishes from Benjamin Moore;  counters are recycled stone;  lighting is high-efficiency fluorescent;  landscaping is low-scape, with native species and watering is through a rain-water cistern collecting roof and pavement water run-off.

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Gardening is done without pesticides or chemicals.  Five-foot deep roof overhangs provide solar protection.  Skylights increase natural light and minimize additional light sources for daytime lighting.


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