Southern Connecticut Coastline
Site size: 1 acre
Project size: more than 5,000 square feet
A family asked Connecticut-based architect Joeb Moore to convert a bulky 1980s-era house into an airy dwelling to accommodate its contemporary art collection and showcase panoramic views of the Long Island Sound.
Located off the coast of southern Connecticut, the one-acre site is near Greenwich Cove.
Moore altered the house's original post-modern style by removing a gabled porte-coch're, thick columns, and porthole-shaped windows, and opening it up to views of the bay. The architect added large areas of glazing to the exterior and turned the first floor into a series of continuous spaces, including the dining and living areas, kitchen, bar, and a small gymnasium. Off the foyer, the main stair leads up to three bedrooms and the master bedroom suite, which comes with a sunroom and a glazed terrace. An attic above contains an office, an additional bathroom, and storage. Nearby, an outdoor swimming pool and a boathouse face the harbor.
On the exterior, the architects paired weathered shingles with louvered screens of Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Other materials include bronze and white oak. Highly reflective surfaces such as chrome and glass help lighten the interiors.
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