Buttermilk Falls, within easy driving distance north of New York City, just outside the village of Rhinebeck in the historic Hudson River valley. Dramatically situated at the edge of a 50 ft. waterfall is this series of wood-framed and copper-roofed pavilions designed for living, working and peaceful contemplation. “I tried to meld the house with the dam so that it could resemble some old waterworks built into a rock ledge,” said the architect owner. The scale is warm and intimate and the sound of the waterfall soothing. Natural gardens surround the house, the water garden blending into the natural landscape. The glass-walled living room in the main house slides back bringing the outside in with breathtaking views of the falls which cascade over rocky ledges to the river below. Connected by delicate bridges and constructed paths is a separate children’s house, a separate music studio and a three-story architect’s studio building of complementary architecture surrounding the 3-bedroom main house completing this very special and private domain.