A 19th-Century Iron Foundry for a Still-Life Photographer, Transformed by Ravi Raj Architecture

A 19th-Century Iron Foundry for a Still-Life Photographer, Transformed by Ravi Raj Architecture

When a pair of New Yorkers—a nonetheless lifestyle photographer and a humanitarian support worker at the U.N.—were hunting for a position to decompress in character, they stumbled on an unlikely contender: an outdated iron foundry called the Clover Hill Foundry, authentic developed in the early 1890s.

Tucked on a hill in Somers, New York, the sequence of interconnected buildings were being created to provide as section of an iron mine, but for reasons that stay considerably of a mystery, they had been closed and deserted not prolonged after—”possibly,” according to architect Ravi Raj—”due to a much larger scam procedure.” The structures fell into disrepair (and, in accordance to the Somer Historical Culture, the mine shaft turned a local favorite swimming hole) right until the 1940s, when a trio of artists converted the properties into independent residences, keeping—fortunately—many of the first specifics intact.

Quickly ahead to the 21st century: The New York few was taken by the spareness of the house and the way the windows framed views of the bordering trees. To update the foundry for modern day everyday living, the duo enlisted a mate, Brooklyn-primarily based architect Ravi Raj, who had labored with Adjaye Associates ahead of starting off his own studio.

With care, Ravi preserved the foundry’s original brick walls and wooden beams, hewed to a stripped-again palette, then rearranged a several essential spaces and included a “modern volume” suspended in the soaring room. Be part of us for a appear.

Pictures by Nick Glimenakis, courtesy of Ravi Raj Architect, except where by noted.

the brick clad foundry is tucked into the hillside. a major update included rep 9
Over: The brick-clad foundry is tucked into the hillside. A important update involved changing all of the unique solitary-pane home windows with new steel-clad variations “in order to allow in the most volume of light-weight.”

inside, the front door leads to a small whitewashed plywood platform. the neutr 10
Over: Inside of, the front door sales opportunities to a smaller whitewashed plywood system. The neutral, purely natural components have been decided on to “accentuate the interaction in between the existing masonry structure and recently described dwelling areas.” 
the living area is centered around a newly added malm zircon 38 inch fireplace  11
Previously mentioned: The living region is centered close to a newly included Malm Zircon 38-Inch Fireplace in matte black. “It serves as the focal issue in the area though also referencing the previous fire that the moment existed there,” Ravi suggests.
the homeowner, claire, in a corner nook defined by wall mounted bookshelves. &a 12
Over: The house owner, Claire, in a corner nook defined by wall-mounted bookshelves. “The unique large-plank pine floors have been stripped and then stained a dark brown colour to contrast with the white brick interior,” Ravi suggests. “Also, staining the ground a darker tone allowed us to mix any mismatching present planks much better.”
an orange sofa adds daring color. 13
Earlier mentioned: An orange sofa adds daring color.
a key move involved relocating the kitchen from the lower level of the foundry  14
Higher than: A vital go included relocating the kitchen area from the lower amount of the foundry to the 2nd floor, where it’s now of a piece with the dwelling and dining place. (The shift also permitted for the addition of a bedroom on the lower flooring, not pictured.) The pair of Flos Wall Lamps can swing outward to illuminate the eating table.
the kitchen, with honed marble island, is tucked beneath a cantilevered
Over: The kitchen, with honed marble island, is tucked beneath a cantilevered “box” clad in dim charred-oak slats. “The inspiration was to produce an aspect with a pure bark-like texture that would just about truly feel like a different dwelling in the dwelling,” says Ravi. “This volume appears to float within just the room while also defining the kitchen area location underneath it. The charred wooden substance also relates to the a lot of towering trees encompassing the house that are framed by the tall masonry openings.”
from the entry platform, newly added stairs lead upwards to a
Above: From the entry platform, recently additional stairs guide upwards to a “screening room” and loft bedroom in the cantilevered box, suspended earlier mentioned the kitchen area and living parts. These new structures—the landing, stairway, and loft—are like “a modern day volume established inside of the aged brick and timber room,” the architect says.
upstairs, the newly added loft bedroom is white washed and spare. 17
Higher than: Upstairs, the recently included loft bedroom is white-washed and spare.
lighter wood planks add to the feeling of airiness. 18
Previously mentioned: Lighter wooden planks insert to the feeling of airiness.
the view of the living area. (there are pull down shades, for privacy.) 19
Previously mentioned: The view of the dwelling area. (There are pull-down shades, for privacy.)
the bath, redone for modern times, references the building
Earlier mentioned: The bath, redone for modern-day moments, references the building’s iron-ore beginnings.
a side structure, which formerly served as guest house, now holds the primary b 21
Over: A facet composition, which formerly served as visitor home, now retains the principal bedroom, complete with another wood stove—the Shaker Stove by Wittus—for “a a lot more personal environment for the property owners to retreat to,” in accordance to Ravi.

It’s most likely really worth noting, offered that there are two wooden-burning stoves in this residence, that forged iron stoves are extremely much a aspect of New York record: The cities of Albany and Troy, further more upstate, have been after two of the most prolific producers of these stoves in the earth. Read a lot more about that history—and the often elaborate designs—via the Albany Institute of Heritage & Artwork.

the timber extension that now holds the primary bedroom. 22
Higher than: The timber extension that now holds the key bedroom.
ravi on the entry landing. photograph by paul barbera, couresty of ravi raj arc 23
Higher than: Ravi on the entry landing. Photograph by Paul Barbera, couresty of Ravi Raj Architect.

For a lot more on the project and “before” shots—some courting back as considerably as the convert of the century—head to @clover_hill_foundry on Instagram.

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