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Lakewood House / Centerbrook Architects and Planners

  • 01:00 - 14 December, 2010
Lakewood House / Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Lakewood House / Centerbrook Architects and Planners, © Peter Aaron
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Northeastern United States
  • Architects

    Centerbrook Architects and Planners
  • Design Team

    Mark Simon, FAIA, Edward J. Keagle, AIA, Reno J. Migani, Jr., AIA, Emily Mammen, Hue Nguyen, Brian Adams, Victoria Su, Tom Tran, Kurt Larson, Sheryl Milardo
  • Interior Designer

    Sandra Oster Interiors
  • Wine Cellar Design

    Wine Cellar Concepts
  • Landscape Architect

    Stephen Stimson Associates
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer

    Consulting Engineering Services
  • Structural Engineer

    Gibble Norden Champion Brown
  • Specifications Consultant

    Robert Schwartz & Associates
  • Civil Engineer

    CCA
  • Lighting Consultant

    Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc.
  • Code Consultant

    Phillip R. Sherman
  • Cost Consultant

    Hanscomb Faithful & Gould
  • Forester

    Jim Gillespie
  • General Contractor

    Burlington Construction
  • Av Designer

    Lyric HiFi & Video
  • It Design

    Network Experience Company
  • Area

    8436.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Lakewood House, designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, integrates into its surrounding landscape, and utilizes a closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling system, natural and local materials, and passive solar design. This project was awarded a 2009 AIA Connecticut Design Award for Residential Built Design. The Jury commented that, "The house draws you in because of the fineness of its structure. The viewer wants to see beyond the whimsical, unique sunscreen, but wishes it to remain in place because of its total integration with the structure. The fabric of the building is well thought out, and its scale attracts the viewer."

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

Set in a pine forest near a still lake, this rustic house stages a friendly argument between the built and the natural worlds, playfully mimicking Nature while also taking advantage of Her benevolent charms. Fanning out like a heliotropic spring fern, the house follows the sun’s daily arc. The structure opens southward toward the water so inhabitants can closely observe, engage, and enjoy the Great Outdoors with all their senses. Its rough edges dance in random steps with the surrounding forest.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

The home, large enough to accommodate simultaneous visits from myriad extended family members, sits on a wooded peninsula with the shore lying just beyond the trees that shield the house from public view – but let insiders see out to the water.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

Lakewood House collaborates with its world through closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling, abundant insulation, natural and local materials, and passive solar design. The sun’s warmth is absorbed in the stone fireplace and interior stone walls to radiate heat at night. High-return air registers distribute the natural warmth, along with that of the high-efficiency, wood-burning Russian stove, a soapstone masonry heater that is computer controlled to maximize BTUs and minimize emissions.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

The homestead’s pavilions – main house, guest house, workshop, boathouse, and smaller outbuildings – all focus toward the sun as they back up to the central drive, welcoming arrivers and inviting them to look out to the lake. The main house’s shed roofs, splaying to the south over window walls, overhanging well past the glass to make screen porches, and to keep the hot summer at bay while inviting warming winter light – and harvesting natural light in all seasons.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

The roofs shoulder against north winds to keep the warmth inside, while scattered leaf-like dormers lift skyward luring daylight deep in the interior. The recyclable galvalume roof, white to reflect summer sun and reduce cooling needs, was selected for its durability and for clean runoff. Runnels channel water through filtering basins below and onto the garden water feature before finally returning it to the lake. Efficiently engineered structural members – Glulams, LVLs, PSL and TJIs – were used extensively; these maximize yield in wood products compared with dimensional framing.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

The icynene insulation is full depth throughout, fully 12 inches in the ceiling and in some of the walls, and tight wood-framed windows further minimize energy needs.  Make-up, or incoming air is routed through energy recovery units and is warmed by exhaust air. The boiler is a very high efficiency Buderus unit that burns bio-fuel rather than petroleum, and large, stainless steel storage tanks for oil and propane reduce the frequency of deliveries. Cabinets, floors, and ceilings were fashioned from cherry wood harvested from the property.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

No carpeting was used, but rather area rugs on the flooring, whether wood, stone tile, natural cork, or rubber. Lighting throughout is high efficiency and controlled by Lutron Graphik Eye technology to manage usage and turn off lights automatically. The kitchen is outfitted with a very efficient induction cooktop unit. Hydronic radiant heat in the principal living areas is particularly effective in the high spaces, putting the heat at the living level where it is sensed, thus lowering the required water temperature and energy use. Multiple zones and the house’s programmable thermostats also minimize energy use.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

The forest is reflected in the large tree trunks arrayed in poetic patterns horizontally on the southern porch walls, to filter the daylight. The logs screen summer sun and require far less processing (cutting, sanding, transporting etc.) than finished boards for louvers. Where lodges in the past might have held trophy heads of forest creatures, here the connection with the wild is more pacific, but no less proud. Inside, the central fireplace and Russian stove are covered in soapstone embedded with small boulders from the property and nearby sites. These float like improbable clouds, or rise from the floor to serve as stone seats along an interior path. So too, the central hall is stone clad with occasional inset boulders of arresting shapes and colors. All exude an animism that suggests the continuity of life.

© Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

Major rooms and bedrooms open wide to join the screen porch and make the house feel like an open pavilion, alive with the sounds and smells of the adjacent woodland and lake. Light reflects off the water to play on ceilings, as breezes rustle through. Inhabitants swim in the lake (no pool here) and tend flower and vegetable gardens on the site. All watercraft are powered by human muscles, except for a rechargeable electric launch for special excursions. The surrounding forest is managed professionally to provide varied wildlife habitat and view sheds. Site lighting is low level and focuses on the paths for safety while maintaining Dark Sky sensitivity.

In these many ways the orientation, design, and makeup of this house combine to make it both responsible and responsive to the natural world.

Cite: "Lakewood House / Centerbrook Architects and Planners" 14 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/96027/lakewood-house-centerbrook-architects-and-planners/>
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o0 · December 21, 2010

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Booh · December 17, 2010

Aside from the fact that this building reminds me of something I would see drawn by a 2nd year architecture student... (for some reason they're always fascinated by curves and radial designs)... I'm actually really impressed with the honesty, and American-ness. of this design. There's nothing more... sad. than building a home for someone and then when the architectural photos are taken, there's not a single chair or object in the house. I love how the eclectic taste of the client is still reflected in the design, decoration, and feel of the home. It feels truly and honestly american. And I like that very much.

james · December 03, 2011 03:09 AM

im sure you didn't mean to sound this patronizing

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AWESOME! :) http://fb.me/vCWZ0xeH

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Steve · December 15, 2010

Less is s'more.

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Brendan · December 15, 2010

I'm guessing $10 million house? That aside, totally awesome design. Wow!

Holcim Awards · December 15, 2010

This is a beautiful design. I am not sure the gray back side fits in with the surroundings very well though. The branches making up the sun screen is a fantastic use of local materials. Great project - it should be submitted to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction: http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards

pfff · December 15, 2010

lame... given the amount of money the client spent on this they should have gone with a more legit architect... lame...

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