Situated in a deep cove off Long Island Sound, at the end of a peninsula with a southern exposure, this site has sparkling water side panoramas that frame a parade of kayaks, canoes and boats always in full view.
The owners requested a new house that takes full advantage of these views, with bright sunny rooms for entertaining and for everyday family activities. They also requested a minimalist modern aesthetic, a no-maintenance exterior, protection from storms, efficient heating and cooling, and a simple but textured palette of natural materials. The aesthetic concept was to be uniquely modern, while being resilient and sustainable. The linear organization of functions along a full southern facade of windows and doors offers both spectacular views and passive solar heating for the winter months. Deep overhangs were designed for summer shading. .
Exterior construction includes a super-insulated wood and steel frame, acrylic stucco on continuous insulation, triple pane, high R-value fiberglass glazing system, concrete, zinc and limestone finishes and a low-slope “cool roof” of white reflective material. The interior architectural palette of polished concrete floors, jerusalum limestone walls, natural woods, walls of glass and exposed steel structure on the interior give this waterfront home a modern, yet classic, loft-like ambience.