The site for this pool house, a prominent rise overlooking the Connecticut River near Lyme, is dramatic in its own right, but Nautilus Architects wanted to create a structure that would further define its setting.
The team of designers restricted the structure’s color palette to gray, silver and black as a way to offset every architectural element and material. Concrete, steel, glass and stone respond to the natural setting and work to foster both solidity and a sense of transparency.
Notable details include a black, steel-framed clerestory, a vigorously articulated cantilevering I-beam, and sliding pocket doors that open the building directly to the pool, transforming it into a pavilion.
Neil Hauck Architects LLC managed to incorporate three distinct design themes within a spacious New Canaan residence and pool house. Both the main house and diminutive pool house innovatively reference the quintessential New England farmhouse that is typical of the region; the spaces within an attached garage and game room evoke a kind of modern-day barn, complete with post-and-beam framing; and the element linking the two structures is a glass-enclosed stairwell, seemingly free-floating, and made of solid American black walnut.
This century-old home on Darien’s waterfront had been remodeled so haphazardly over the years that the interior and exterior had become disjointed, even dysfunctional. Amanda Martocchio Architecture + Design was enlisted to rediscover the inherent virtues of the residence while bringing it up to date for a modern-day family.
Here’s a classic-looking house with farmhouse styling that adheres to both smart and green building practices. It was designed with geo-thermal heating, low-VOC materials and lighting and irrigation that can be controlled via a smart phone.
This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
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