Scott Bromley and Jerry Caldari’s client, a retired Army captain and data-base administrator, asked them to design a cabin on a steep, wooded, rocky site overlooking the Delaware River in Shohola, Pennsylvania. He wanted an urban loft in a rural setting, a retreat that would be both an escape from New York City and a laboratory for ideas–a place to read and work, pace and think. Bromley Caldari created a heavily insulated three-story wood-frame house that their client can use in all seasons; it features an energy-saving 12-inch-deep planted green rooftop and a large, open-plan interior that never feels confining or shut in, even during the harshest, snowbound winter.
The interior features airy, loft-like volumes, a concrete slab floor, and industrial-style steel framing that give the cabin a cool, urban vibe.
In the living area, a wall of windows offers abundant natural light and breathtaking views of the woods and the Delaware River.
The second-floor sleeping loft cantilevers out over the kitchen and into the open height of the large volume containing the living and dining areas.
The sleeping loft, which serves as the master bedroom, has access to its own private balcony above the main entrance to the cabin.
The master bath, located in back of the sleeping loft, has a 14-foot-wide window that frames a panorama of rock outcropping visible while soaking in the tub.
The cabin is topped with an energy-saving planted green roof that also serves as a grassy terrace for entertaining and relaxing.
Thanks to its heavy insulation and radiantly heated concrete slab floors, the wood-frame cabin can be used right through the coldest Pennsylvania winter.