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The Fanciest Shed Ever? In Upstate NY, An Outbuilding Built for Wellness by Worrell Yeung

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The Fanciest Shed Ever? In Upstate NY, An Outbuilding Built for Wellness by Worrell Yeung

March 1, 2023

Architecture firm Worrell Yeung calls this portion of their arresting upstate New York project a “spa shed”—and while it’s true the outbuilding is smaller than both the main home and the art studio on the bucolic property, it’s decidedly no shed. What it is is an expert study in abstract minimalism and a beautiful spot to meditate and unwind.

The building, with its half gabled roof and clean lines, references the other buildings, which in turn, took inspiration from its rural landscape (the main building was originally a converted dairy barn). Included in the luxe wellness shed is an outdoor shower, hot tub, and sauna.

Let’s do some ogling, shall we?

Photography by Naho Kubota, courtesy of Worrell Yeung.

The spa shed is clad in weathered gray cypress. The architects made a point of choosing a shade that was lighter than the other two buildings.
Above: The spa shed is clad in weathered gray cypress. The architects made a point of choosing a shade that was lighter than the other two buildings.
The hot tub is unobtrusive. A gravel path leads the way to the main house.
Above: The hot tub is unobtrusive. A gravel path leads the way to the main house.
The outdoor shower, with an opening that frames the tree canopy. The shower is from Jee-O.
Above: The outdoor shower, with an opening that frames the tree canopy. The shower is from Jee-O.
The structure is partially clad in a rainscreen, which &#8\2\20;reads both solid and porous.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: The structure is partially clad in a rainscreen, which “reads both solid and porous.”
The sauna is clad in hemlock.
Above: The sauna is clad in hemlock.
A sauna bucket and ladle are the only accessories needed.
Above: A sauna bucket and ladle are the only accessories needed.
The property is set on 8.7 acres in North Salem, NY.
Above: The property is set on 8.7 acres in North Salem, NY.

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