Bridge House, Kent, Conn.
Joeb Moore + Partners Architects
Inspired by a wood-covered bridge spanning the nearby falls, this house springs from a rolling hill. Joeb Moore, AIA, organized it as two L-shaped pieces that lock together to form a living/dining bridge over an open meadow, and then turn to contain a master suite that floats 15 feet in the air. “Look to the right on the bridge, and the hill under you is landscaped with flowers,” Moore says. “To the left is a much more distant view to the Housatonic River and Kent Falls.” That “viewing chamber” idea repeats in cross-section. Where the two volumes lock, they produce a skylit gap on each side of the chimney masses, creating a clear view through the house. Our judges praised the building as a sculptural object that “engages beautifully with the site and topography.”
Principal in charge: Joeb Moore, AIA, Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, Greenwich, Conn.
General contractor: Jonathan Draper, Corporate Construction Inc., New Milford, Conn.
Landscape architect: Donald Walsh, New York
Structural engineer: Edward Stanley, Edward Stanley Engineers, Guilford, Conn.
Project size: 4,800 square feet
Site size: 15 acres
Construction: cost Withheld
Photography: Michael Biondo, Frank Oudeman, David Sundberg, David Sundberg/Esto
Bathroom fittings: Dornbracht dornbracht.com; Duravit duravit.com
Bathroom fixtures: Caesarstone caesarstoneus.com
Cooktop: Electrolux electroluxappliances.com
Countertops: Caesarstone caesarstoneus.com
Dishwasher: Miele mieleusa.com
Hardware: Frank Allart allart.co.uk
HVAC: Trane trane.com
Insulation: Icynene icynene.com
Kitchen fixtures: Julien julien.ca
Lighting fixtures: USAI Lighting usaillumination.com; Modular International modularinternational.com; Kreon www.kreon.com
Paints/stains/wall finishes: Fine Paints of Europe finepaintsofeurope.com; Sikkens sikkens.us
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero subzero-wolf.com
Roofing: VM Zinc www.vmzinc-us.com
Skylights/roof windows: Velux veluxusa.com; Circle Redmont circleredmont.com
Windows: Dynamic Windows dynamicwindows.com