an extraordinary coastal Connecticut site, this house sits at the edge
of Long Island Sound.
A four bedroom, simple plan, 1950's ranch existed on the site when the
project began. Its proximity to the water would not have been replicable
if not for this existing condition.
A sixty foot long window wall, eight feet high now offers an unobstructed
view of the Sound. The colors and materials of the interior range from
grey to white and have surface reflectivity that ranges from matte to
The north entry side has few windows because of road traffic and privacy
To prevent excessive glare and create a habitable interior several large
skylights were introduced on the landward side to help balance the intensity
of the light bouncing off the Sound. Each of the skylights is unique based
on where it occurs in the plan, but in general, the geometry of the shafts
is attenuated in a way that means that sunlight rarely falls directly
on surfaces below the ceiling. The light in the interior has a palpable
quality-a softness-which is quite unusual.
As the sun travels across the sky it enters the house from multiple directions.
The interior is muted but sharp, connected to the sea but anchored to
the land, horizontal but open vertically to the expanse from sky to sea.
The wood framed house has a stucco skin. The window glazing is Solarban
60 with clear anodized aluminum frames. The copings are titanium, and
the decks and terraces are flamed granite. The floors are terrazzo, painted
oak and plaster and the walls are painted gypsum and Venetian plaster.
The kitchen cabinets are lacquer and the counters are solid surface resin.