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East Windsor Residence / Alter Studio

  • 01:00 - 30 October, 2010
East Windsor Residence / Alter Studio
East Windsor Residence / Alter Studio, © Paul Finkel Photography
© Paul Finkel Photography

© Paul Finkel Photography © Paul Finkel Photography © Paul Finkel Photography © Paul Finkel Photography +12

From the architect. Extraordinary views in the heart of the city and a small buildable footprint limited by restrictive easements prompted a thin, three-story home with the main living spaces and master suite on the top floor – essentially a one-bedroom loft with 270° views. A 16’ ipe screen envelopes the body of the house, and rests delicately atop a base of long courses of black Leuders limestone.

© Paul Finkel Photography
© Paul Finkel Photography

Photographs and details of East Windsor Residence after the break.

© Paul Finkel Photography
© Paul Finkel Photography

The visitor enters through a pivoting glass door, where the natural stone gives way to its dressed counterpart, and is immediately greeted by a stair of massive ebonized oak treads floating above twin steel channels, and hanging in a three-story vertical space. Beyond, an etched glass wall captures the projected shadows of a stand of giant bamboo, and a band of clear glass directs one’s gaze out to a private garden.

© Paul Finkel Photography
© Paul Finkel Photography

Punctuating the ipe facade are two steel box windows, their mirror-like reflection or deep shadow are posed against the filigree of the screen. In the evening this screen transforms into a lantern revealing a collection of spaces behind. The screen also holds the possibility of transforming the building when two 10’ sections dramatically unfold and reveal the formal dining room.

© Paul Finkel Photography
© Paul Finkel Photography

Upstairs, efforts are made to embrace the expansive view with an unmitigated ceiling plane that provides a surface for reflected light, while the screen’s 18” extension above the floor level gently corrals the visitor. Adjacent power lines to the west are eschewed, although a constellation of portholes arrayed across this wall embrace the dramatic western light and enliven the facade from the high street beyond. Here, an open plan is accentuated by laminated low-e corner glazing, twin Akari lanterns and sliding panels. Exquisitely matched Lacewood veneer cabinetry and a marble bathing area punctuate the ensemble and add a sense of finesse and delicacy throughout.

© Paul Finkel Photography
© Paul Finkel Photography
Cite: "East Windsor Residence / Alter Studio" 30 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/84412/east-windsor-residence-alter-studio/>
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Halil Sözer · July 11, 2012
Bev S · January 26, 2011

I love Alter's work!

Michael B O · November 15, 2010

My neighbor&#39s house featured on Arch Daily: http://bit.ly/bWnlzi Never knew the center opened up like shutters...

amonle · November 02, 2010

Round of applause!

FG · November 01, 2010

I guess there really is nothing new under the sun these days. The basic form reminds me of a house by Gio Ponti in Caracas, which was far more interesting. Of course, I'm also finding that I find North American architecture more and more dreary and uninventive (as a whole) these days. When taken as a whole, a lot of competent design comes across as sterile and too perfect. Discuss....

Cal Chemical · November 01, 2010

Before I&#39m "gone" I want to build and live in a space like this: RT @designmilk: ...home in Austin, TX by Alter Studio: http://bit.ly/cry5WI

Larry David · November 01, 2010

RT @designmilk Nice home in Austin, TX by Alter Studio: http://bit.ly/cry5WI

Angelus YODASON · October 31, 2010

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circleM4design · October 31, 2010

thanks designmilk! http://fb.me/N2Hgd0y0

Nicholas Patten · October 31, 2010

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Floris coers · October 31, 2010

Onder het motto niet te betalen en toch strak uitziend: http://bit.ly/cry5WI

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Scott Roschi · October 31, 2010

RT @designmilk: Nice home in Austin, TX by Alter Studio: http://bit.ly/cry5WI Beautiful but a bit too large. 4500sqft is way overkill!

Brian Hawkins · October 31, 2010

Nice home in East Windsor... No not here, in Texas!!! Rt @designmilk http://bit.ly/cry5WI

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kaje · October 30, 2010

what a beautiful house! i am DYING to see plans though

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