Site size: 13,800 square feet

Project size: 6,300 square feet

Program: A single-family house that would accommodate a variety of functions and provide a quiet retreat from a noisy street nearby.

Location: A densely populated neighborhood in residential Cambridge.

Solution: The three-story structure encompasses an open-plan kitchen and living room, office space, a media lounge, children's bedrooms, and both a guest and master suite. The rooms are oriented to provide views to the outdoors, away from the bustling street.

Construction and materials: The architects designed the steel and wood frame house with an ipe and zinc paneled rainscreen cladding the exterior. The crisp, precise detailing includes interiors of dark walnut and white plaster. Energy consumption is lowered through use of high efficiency mechanical systems and solar photovoltaic panels on the roof.



Anmahian Winton Architects
650 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 577-7400

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Nick Winton, AIA (Principal in Charge)
Alex Anmahian, AIA (Consulting Principal)
Makoto Abe, Project Architect
Natalie Wong, Design Team


Structural engineers:

RSE Associates, Inc.
Richmond So, Sofya Auren
63 Pleasant Street, Suite 200
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 926-9300

Civil engineers:

Columbia Design Group, LLC
Peter Gammie
14 Upham Avenue
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 506-1474

Mechanical engineers:

Zero Energy Design
Jordan Goldman
156 Milk Street, Suite 3
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 720-5002



Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC
Matthew Cunningham, Kirk Hiatt
540 Main Street, Suite 6
Winchester, MA 01890
(617) 905-2246


Audio Visual, Technology:

System 7
Gerard Lynch, Ashley Morelli
Boston Design Center, Suite #627
Boston, MA 02210
(978) 887-1200


General contractor:

Sea-Dar Construction
46 Waltham Street, 4A
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 423-0870



Jane Messinger
(857) 928-8213



Structural system

Concrete foundation with steel frame and wood frame with TJI joists

Exterior cladding

Metal Panels:

Climate-Shield Rainscreen Wood Siding System

Ipe with Seal-Once Sealer

Moisture barrier:
Vaproshield - Wrapshield


Built-up roofing:
Carlisle EPDM roof membrane, Cover Board, Tapered Polyiso


Metal Clad Wood Windows:
Loewen Windows


Omnia, FSB

Interior finishes

Paints and stains:
Benjamin Moore

Wood flooring:
Quarter-Sawn Black Walnut Engineered Flooring


Element Lighting

BK Lighting

Dimming System or other lighting controls:


Dornbracht, Duravit, Kohler, Victoria+Albert


Photovoltaic system:
Sunpower, Zilla

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:

Fuhr Electronic Locking Door
Hoppe North America, Inc.
Matt Taylor
205 E. Blackhawk Drive
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538