at the entry of the house to intimate, private, and enclosed spaces at the far ends of the house. This continuously transforming section organizes the use of the house with a changing quality of interior space. The shared spaces project outward to the deck and the view while the master bedroom at the other end tucks back in a more intimate relationship to the landscape beyond. Constructing this variable section with a ruled surface geometry results in torqued form that feels natural with the torqued banks of the pond.
The character of the delicate forest edge is brought inside the house to become the structure. Three planes of steel reinforcing bars are the primary support for the cantilevered roof surface. They emerge from the concrete foundation walls and become a carefully choreographed sequence of slender steel trunks and branches that allow the house to float lightly above the surface of the water. At the ceiling they support steel channels that cantilever outward to support the perimeter of the roof. By organizing them on a radial grid, the skylights at the top of each of the rebar cages act like sundials that quietly mark the passage of the sun over the course of the day. Sunlight filters through the rebar, filling the house with the dynamic presence of the light and shadow of the forest.
The pond and the distant view are always present in the house. As one shifts through the plan, one is constantly uncovering different aspects of each. It is at the entry to the house, where the dining space aligns with the distant view and the entire space can be completely opened to the immediacy of the pond joins the house to the distant view that this connection is most complete. Doors open all the way through the house joining the table and the dinner party to a completely unusual landscape while occupying a completely intimate space. This is the space of Ephemeral Edge.
Gross Floor Area (mq)185
Design teamKathryn Dean, Charles Wolf, Christopher Kroner, Zachary Rousou
Photo CreditsPaul Warchol Photography
Curriculum studio / partecipanteKathryn Dean and her New York City-based office, Dean/Wolf Architects, has a reputation for providing unique transformational designs, turning architectural constraints into powerful generators of form. The office uses architectural design to reinforce the identities of individuals and institutions -- supporting a psychologically rich dialogue between buildings, their users, and the environments they inhabit. Dean/Wolf expresses these visceral collective desires through dynamic memorable spaces that construct the understandings and realms that we share. Through collaborations with clients, agencies, consultants, and builders, Dean/Wolf has completed residential and institutional projects at a variety of scales. The projects are distinguished by a highly thought-provoking manipulation of light and space, precisely activated with sensual materials such as concrete, steel, maple, and glass to dissolve boundaries of interior and exterior space.
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