Newton House, Newton, Mass.

This pool house knows its place. Positioned along the property’s edge, the glassy western façade frames a viewing garden. But seen from the main house, the building is still and quiet, its thin cedar rainscreen slung like curtains. Nader Tehrani designed it as a series of filters and frames through which to enjoy the landscape.

The materials are about transparency and modernity, he says. “The wood graining is a contrast to the neo-Georgian main house and references the palette of flora in the garden.” The wall facing the house contains a simple routed cutout with a window behind it, so swimmers can see who’s coming, but those approaching can’t look in. Stainless steel cabling in front of the glass wall will eventually support a planted screen that also filters views from outside in. The judges applauded, calling the building simply beautiful.

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Project Credits

Principal in charge: Nader Tehrani
General contractor: Derek Pelletier, Delta Design & Construction, Medford, Mass.
Structural engineer: Pat Tiano, Richmond So Engineers, Watertown, Mass.
Mechanical engineer: Sean Fennessey, Sun Engineering, Danvers, Mass.
Landscape architect: Jessica Leete, Boston
Lighting designer: Adam Kibbe, Collaborative Lighting, Concord, Mass.
Project size: 940 square feet
Site size: 0.6 acre
Construction cost: $390 per square foot
Photography: John Horner

Product Details

Bathroom fittings: Kohler
Bathroom fixtures: Duravit
Cooktop: Viking
Dishwasher: Miele
Doors: Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors
Flooring: Stone Source
Garbage disposal: InSinkErator
Kitchen fittings: Dornbracht
Kitchen fixtures: Franke
Oven/range: Miele
Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Windows: Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors
Woodwork: Custom by Walter Lane Cabinetmaker