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Rye Residence

Kaehler/moore Architects

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Mahesh Rajanala

Project Name

Rye Residence

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4,800 sq. feet

Construction Cost



  • General Contractor: Dan Stasio
  • Landscape Architect: Richard Horsman
  • Interior Designer: Joeb Moore
  • David Sundberg/Esto

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Project Description

2005 RADA
Custom/More Than 3,500 Square Feet/ Merit

Designing for a rear lot can be tricky. Not only must the house relate to its immediate neighbors (positioned more prominently at streetside), but the approach is invariably lengthy. “The narrow street frontage and the long drive back from the street helped to produce a kind of forced progression and perspective,” says architect Joeb Moore. “The tall, simple gable form lures the visitor's eye and provides a basic, childlike notion of what a house looks like.”

The tall shingled house with its sweeping—and slightly exaggerated—rooflines and entry tower takes its cues from Victorian structures seen along the 300-foot approach. Here, though, many familiar forms are tweaked. Stainless steel outriggers sub for typical wooden brackets under the standing-seam lead-coated copper roof, and the chimney is topped with perforated stainless steel caps that appear translucent from some angles. The judges admired the ingenuity: “It's really inventive. It takes a familiar vocabulary and makes something different.”

Inside, the plan responds elegantly to the narrow lot, with more formal areas in front and informal spaces in back. “There's a real economy of means,” says Moore. “The house pulls you right up and reaches like a tree. It's a very simple solution to a client's program and the specifics of the site.”
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