Completion Year: 2011
Program: 9000 sf Single Family House
Beinfield Project Team: Bruce Beinfield FAIA, Andrew Bartolotta AIA, James Wassell
General Contractor: Schmiedeck Construction
Landscape Architect: Stephen Stimson Associates
Structural Engineer: Edward Stanley Engineers
Awards & Honors:
2013 American Institute of Architects, Connecticut Chapter
People’s Choice Award – Residence
The House in the Meadow is a home with many layers, responding to place, acknowledging the dichotomy between the public and private realms, and embracing the Client’s rituals and dreams. The residence combines new and old forms into a simple, classic and fully integrated home. It explores the common ground between the straightforward, patterned forms of New England architecture and an ordered abstraction of modernism.
This single-family residence, on a 4.4-acre horse pasture, pays homage to the simple, interconnected buildings of traditional New England farms. The house’s stone base emerges out of the meadow. The public façade is experienced as a series of traditionally inspired volumes revealed as one drives along the road. The rear, private façade is entirely glass, visually expanding the interior space into the breathtaking panorama. The living spaces are washed with natural light and the sunset becomes a design element.
The family room is warm and inviting, though it’s vaulted ceiling, repetitive, over-sized windows, and 2-story steel and stone fireplace bring grandeur to the space. The kitchen and dining area, open to the outdoors on 2 sides, are the central hub of the home where daily life revolves. The simple, clean lines of the kitchen are accentuated by luxurious treatment of basic materials: exposed engineered beams; leather-finished, granite counters; custom, walnut cabinetry; and radiant polished concrete flooring. The main stair, located along the kitchen, is cast from concrete and floats seemingly freely between floors. It is walled in glass on one side, while opposite, bronze and steel mesh traverse 3 stories.
Green architecture is integral. Sustainable initiatives include: a geo-thermal heating and cooling system; energy efficient windows; soy-based, spray-in foam and recycled blue jeans insulation; saline pool filtering system; renewable resources on the interior and exterior including wood, metal and concrete; low-VOC paint; energy star appliances; LED lighting; and the large meadow that does not require irrigation or chemicals, promoting biodiversity.