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Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

  • 01:00 - 19 January, 2011
Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects
Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects © Michael Biondo +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kent, CT 06757, United States
  • Structural Engineer

    Ed Stanley and Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer

    ENCON Inc.
  • Landscape Architect

    Donald Walsh
  • General Contractor

    Corporate Construction, Inc.
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Bridge House is located in Kent, Connecticut along a 300’ ridge that parallels the Housatonic River not far from Kent Falls State Park.  The state park boasts a beautiful series of cascading falls and a historic covered bridge.  Joeb Moore + Partners Architects took these impressions and observations of the surrounding environment as inspiration and the jumping off point for the conceptual design of the Bridge House.

site plan
site plan

Translating and mirroring the slow geological flow of bedrock and the more active flows and streams of water above, the architects invented a broad conceptual site-building diagram and strategy where the building becomes a kind of vessel and bridge that appears to spring out of the natural landscape and sloping topography. As the house takes on form and volume it turns and bridges across the very landscape that rolling directly under it and down the hillside the house itself is anchored into. The house proper (the wood structure) sits above and is buttressed into the hillside on either side of the living/dining “bridge” by two opposing concrete foundation/buttress/chimney structures with dual “hearths”. The introductory sectional perspective demonstrates this key site and building strategy most vividly and precisely.

© Michael Biondo
© Michael Biondo

The house form and its key “inter-locking” interior space, the dual living-dining area (indoor + outdoor / above + below see conceptual assembly model/diagram), are now open on both sides and turned parallel to the open meadow, the valley floor, and the Housatonic river below. The living/dining area and the vertical stair-light wells are a wonderful example of a kind of camera lucida or viewing chamber that makes continuous adjustments of internal relations (functions, activities, rituals) with external conditions (natural site, views, changing weather, light, and air). It is at these moments, In these chambers the house creates a life-world suspended between land and air.

model
model

The structural bridge concept allows the landscape to run directly through and under the building.  This feeling of suspension, produces just enough of a “loose fit” and play between nature and convention for unexpected alliances to emerge. The house oscillates between a treehouse, a campground and a cave all in one.

© Michael Biondo
© Michael Biondo
Cite: "Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects" 19 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/104433/bridge-house-joeb-moore-partners-architects/>
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SEVER · December 07, 2011

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case · January 21, 2011

quite nice. plans and sections resolved beautifully.

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Very elegant, one of the best housing realization I've ever seen. Congratulations!

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Josh · January 20, 2011

I find it fitting that the building be clad in timber. What is it? Cumaru? The Bridge House clearly has a respect for the land it sits on, something I think should be valued in a time where some builds clearly do not give it a second thought.

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Al Gore · January 20, 2011

Very cool reminds me of some of antoine predock's work

Arthur Guimarães · January 20, 2011

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Scandinavian Modern Contempora · January 20, 2011

Lovely and looks really Scandinavian!

Interesting, what are the materials used for keeping it warm in such a climate?

Lil Jimmy · January 20, 2011

Very interesting house design...love the spaces, materiality, framed views.

Karen · January 20, 2011

Stunning building and location. I like the clean elegant lines. sonoma county architect have a similar style.

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Scott · January 20, 2011

This is probably one of the better, architecturally rich schemes i've seen on here in a long time. The imagery is carried out wonderfully in the built project that was imagined in design. Kudos.

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