Site size: 3.5 acres
Project size: 2,400 square feet
Program: Bud and Colleen Konheim asked Specht Harpman Architects to design a light-filled, yet private modern cottage on a wooded site adjacent to the Saugatuck River in southwestern Connecticut.
Location: The house is in a river valley, a steep 80-foot drop from the main road along the ridgeline.
Solution: The architects immersed the concrete and glass house in the landscape so that a series of green rooftop terraces gently step down from the street to the river below. The house, T-shaped in plan, consists of two perpendicular rectilinear volumes: The first, along the north-south axis, contains the entrance, garage, and guest suite on the upper floor; the second volume, along the east-west axis, includes living, dining, and the master suite, all of which overlook the river through floor-to-ceiling glazing. The interior spaces can be partitioned by sliding doors and window blinds on a built-in track allow for privacy.
Construction methods: The poured-in-place concrete structure, with wood and steel framing, is clad in stucco and glass-reinforced concrete panels. Inside, the floor is polished concrete and the walls are finished with bamboo plywood panels.
338 West 39th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018
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