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Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners

  • 01:00 - 12 November, 2012
Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners
Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners, © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
© Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

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  • Architects

  • Location

    New Canaan, United States
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Roger Ferris, Robert Marx, Myron Mirgorodsky, Tiziano Fabrizio
  • Structural Engineer

    Thornton Tomasetti, The DiSalvo Ericson Group
  • Mechanical

    Consulting Engineering Services
  • Area

    7,000 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

    Text description provided by the architects. The Wiley residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, designed by Philip Johnson in 1952–53, was purchased with the intention of restoring the residence and adding a new pool house, private gallery, and garage. The architect emphasized respecting the integrity of the property by carefully integrating new structures into the site so that they complement and defer to the original house.

    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

    The concrete volumes of the pool house and garage were minimized by inserting them into the hillside. All new exterior and restoration materials were reviewed and selected on site to harmonize with the existing residence.

    Courtesy of Roger Ferris + Partners
    Courtesy of Roger Ferris + Partners

    The minimalist art gallery was constructed on the foundation of a 19th-century barn and designed with a traditional gabled roof form (a portion of the lower level houses the site’s central mechanical plant). The Gallery’s solid black massing creates a contemporary backdrop for Johnson's transparent house.The interior is designed to be bright, simple, and clean, acting as backdrop for the art. All lighting is adjustable to best emphasize the art; ventilation is provided by linear diffusers integrated into nearly invisible reveals at the gable ends.

    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

    Locating the new pool house was challenging: it required consideration of the preexisting relationships of barn, pool, landscaping, and house. The design aligns the submerged pool house with an existing retaining wall: pool, pool house, barn, and residence form a new nucleus for the site. Acting as gatehouse, a new garage marks the entrance to the estate. The height of the new pool house and the garage follows the height set by the barn foundation walls and the base of the Wiley residence.

    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

    Roger Ferris is the founding principal of Roger Ferris + Partners and is responsible for directing the design and master planning work of the firm. Under his guidance, the firm has been the recipient of numerous national and regional design awards for institutional, commercial, and residential work, including twenty-nine AIA honor awards. A graduate and Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Mr. Ferris is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He has frequently served as a lecturer and design juror, most recently for the AIA chapter in Miami. He is designing the Paul Thek Gallery for Wilson’s Watermill Center.

    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
    © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

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