The Y House by Steven Holl is on the market for $1.7 million.
Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty

Steven Holl’s Scarlet-Hued Y House Hits the Market for $1.6 Million

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, the 33-acre property also comes with a pond and boathouse
Steven Holl in his New York office. Photo: Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Architect Steven Holl is busier than ever this year, with a slew of projects—from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to a library along the Queens, New York, waterfront—coming to fruition. Now those in the market for an ultrachic weekend getaway can own a noteworthy piece of the luminary’s oeuvre.

Fittingly dubbed the Y House due to its forked layout, this scarlet-hued residence is nestled on a 33-acre parcel in New York State’s picturesque Catskill Mountains, about an hour from Albany. Holl completed the 2,900-square-foot home in 1999, creating a sculptural structure that nods to the region’s historic barns and cladding its steel frame with red-stained cedar.

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Known for letting natural light dictate how his interiors are organized, the architect created a variety of spaces that take advantage of the unorthodox shape, with two of the three bedrooms on the first floor and living spaces above. Lined with white ash, the wings also feature deep south-facing balconies, which help the dwelling retain heat in the colder months.

If that weren’t enough, the bucolic property also boasts a pond and a boathouse adorned with interior murals by artist David Novros.

The house is clad is red-stained cedar. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
Deep south-facing balconies help retain heat in the winter. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
Holl is known for his irregular fenestration. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
The staircase bisects the interior. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
The modern kitchen. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
One of the first-floor bedrooms. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
The master bedroom upstairs. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
The living area on the second floor. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
A sculptural fireplace anchors the living area. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
The floor plan forks to create a Y shape. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
The pond and boathouse. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
Looking out at the pond from inside the boathouse. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty
Murals by David Novros. Photo: Select Sotheby’s International Realty

The home is listed for $1.6 million with Raj Kumar of Select Sotheby’s International Realty. 

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