Completion Year: 2011
Beinfield Project Team: Bruce Beinfield FAIA, Andrew Bartolotta AIA
General Contractor: Schmiedeck Construction
Interior Designer: Havilande Whitcomb Design
Landscape Architect: Stephen Stimson Associates
Structural Engineer: Edward Stanley Engineers LLC
Awards & Honors:
2013 – American Institute of Architects, Connecticut Chapter
People’s Choice Award
“Modern Garden Folly”
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens June 2013: 70-71
An old tractor rusting in a field was the initial inspiration for this modern pool pavilion. The result is an exploration of eroding solid and void, planes and mass, and the richness and romance of ruins.
Two solid zones float in the middle of the plan: A circular form reminiscent of a rain barrel houses the minimal, private changing area. The second element is a rectangular steel mass eroded by the fireplace. Columns recede from the perimeter, causing the roof to appear to float above the space.
Low and long stone steps are a favorite perch for visitors and guests overlooking the linear salt-water pool. The precision and detail give the structure a timeless elegance, hearkening back to both a Greek temple and the nearby Mid-Century Modern homes particular to Connecticut.
Rusted recycled steel, stained sustainable ipe wood and rustic stone are set off by diaphanous curtains of pure white. A green roof collects water to reduce run-off and softens the view of the flat roof from the house beyond. The encroaching greenery also adds to the romance of a decaying ruin both emerging from and fading into the landscape.