kaehler/moore architects, greenwich, conn.

“This house is almost John Pawson-like; it's so spare it sings,” said one judge. Another praised its “quiet celebration of connections” and the way it hits the ground.

Joeb Moore, AIA, designed two perpendicular masses that track the lay of the land. The two-story “bridge” structure, built into a hill overlooking the river, contains the formal living spaces plus a study on the first floor; bedrooms and a laundry area occupy the second. The structure intersects a one-story bar-shaped volume that parallels the edge of a ravine and houses the project's informal public spaces. “The forms are almost farmlike, but when you look closely at the detailing, it's quite modern in its sensibility,” Moore says. Exterior materials are all about simple contrasts—wood siding from a Connecticut barn that ties into the original estate's outbuildings, rusticated stone from the site, and white stucco.

“There is such strength to it,” a judge concluded. “It moves and is mercurial.”

principal in charge: Joeb Moore, AIA, Kaehler/Moore Architects
project team: Doug Patt, AIA, and Tanya Ayoub, Kaehler/Moore Architects
general contractor: Joe Kais, KAIS Custom Builders, Norwalk, Conn.
landscape architect: Diane Devore, Devore Associates, Fairfield, Conn.
project size: 6,400 square feet
site size: 8.125 acres
construction cost: $408 per square foot
photography: David Sundberg/Esto