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Artreehoose / Della Valle Bernheimer

  • 01:00 - 23 August, 2010
Artreehoose / Della Valle Bernheimer
Artreehoose / Della Valle Bernheimer, © Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes

© Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, United States
  • Architects

    Della Valle Bernheimer
  • Partner In Charge

    Andrew Bernheimer
  • Project Team

    Jared Della Valle, Brian Butterfield, Adam Ruedig, Suzanne Stefan
  • Project Manager

    Erik Helgen
  • Contractor

    Hammersmith Inc.
  • Area

    5400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. Wedged into a tight lot along Lake Candlewood in New Fairfield, Connecticut, this new home’s form and structure was derived from observations of trees and an adaptation of local building techniques. The project began with studies of leaf canopies, accumulated ring structures, and the dappled light that filters through groups of trees. Multiple study models in several media (concrete, acrylic, wood, plaster), investigated how light flows through perforations in these various materials. We used these models to observe, secondarily, how certain materials would be suited to creating a stable, discrete, but minimal structure. During the formative process we were interested in designing a house that seemed in large part to float and protect, much like the tree canopies on the site shelter the ground beneath them.

© Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes

The final design, a house of 5,400 square feet, involved an intense collaboration with Guy Nordenson and Associates, Structural Engineers. Together we developed a unique structural system of long-span ¾” x 16” x 27’ plywood joists which work in tandem with a series of steel Verendiel trusses that rest on solid billets of steel. The joists, made from scarf-jointed Douglas fir, assembled into 4’ wide panels using steel stiffening pipes to join and stabilize the plywood before being lifted into place. The slim columns on which the steel truss structure and this joist system rest support the cantilevered volumes which are clad in red cedar. This cedar is deployed on the exterior in two different techniques: First, it is installed with a vertical board and batten technique to exaggerate the appearance that the house was assembled as a series of stacked pieces, like the rings of a tree. On obverse faces the wood is installed in a jointless tongue and groove fashion.

© Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes

Organized around the central double-height volume spanned by the special long-span wood joists, the ground floor is primarily wrapped in monumental sliding glass panels, opening up the house and connecting the inside, quite literally, to the outside. The mobility of these panels exaggerates the weight of the two cantilevered volumes above.

© Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes

Upstairs, two cantilevers contain the bedrooms. These spaces jut out over the lake like the prow of a boat and protrude into the surrounding trees themselves. Carefully located skylights illuminate the great room and each of the upstairs spaces, as if light were coming through gaps in tree branches.

© Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes
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up_today_arch · August 24, 2010

Ceilings solutions looks like Aalto interiors... very nice and to the point.

Knut Eric Wingsch · August 24, 2010

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Pierre · August 24, 2010

Would anyone know anything about the wood exterior finishing?
What company, color, anything?

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Phil Sonea · August 23, 2010

My dream house ("hoose") http://bit.ly/a8p7mI ... Except I&#39d do a bit more with the landscaping/vegetation outside.

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