We took our initial inspiration from the barn, a popular building type in Connecticut. We were interested in a number of characteristics of this type. First, we wanted to anchor the project within a historical and geographical context. Second, we were intrigued by the abstract qualities of its volume, apertures, and geometry, which we wanted to explore further. We began by altering the original L-shaped envelope through precise folding maneuvers in response to functional and programmatic elements. For instance, the partial outward folding of the second floor results in a deepening of the façade and therefore a better shading/thermal performance for the bedrooms. It also allows cutting roof overhangs, thus accentuating the volumetric character of the design, while still protecting the outside perimeter. Other folds reflect programmatic and circulatory conditions of the interior and also create deliberate formal distortions challenging our normative pre-conceptions of volume and space.

On the interior the angular play of the façade generates thickened wall conditions for programmatic use and spatial continuity. The client’s wish for openness, maximization of views and light is met without sacrificing functionality or usability. The geometrical pivot point of the L-shape becomes the spacious double-height stairwell/entrance area around which activities such as cooking, dining, playing, relaxing, entertaining, etc. organize freely and without strict demarcations.

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Exterior View

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Interior View of Fireplace

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Interior Detail

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Interior Detail

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Stair View

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Stair View

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Front View

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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 5
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2012
  • Square Feet
  • 6000