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Sound House / Roger Ferris + Partners

  • 01:00 - 8 January, 2013
Sound House / Roger Ferris + Partners
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Fairfield, United States
  • Design Team

    Roger Ferris, Robert Marx, Myron Mirgorodsky, and Tiziano Fabrizio
  • General Contractor

    The SBE Company
  • Structural Engineer

    The DiSalvo Ericson Group, Ridgefield, CT
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

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Text description provided by the architects. This waterfront home on an unusually narrow site takes advantage of spectacular views while preserving privacy from adjacent properties. The loft-like interior spaces open to glass curtain walls at each end. Screened side walls provide visual separation from neighbors.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The design responds to strict site land coverage and setback requirements, as well as FEMA guidelines regulating first floor elevation and setbacks from the shoreline. Side yard zoning rules limit the building width to less than twenty-eight feet. The angled entry wall creates, within these constraints, an opportunity to capture sunlight, orient views, and provide formal interest.

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The house is clad in stained cypress. Its glazed volumes contain feature the living room and master bedroom on one end and the kitchen and guest bedroom on the other. The low rectangular mid-section, clad in contrasting dark cypress, contains the entry hall, staircase, bathrooms, and support spaces. The glazed end rooms offer framed views to the water to the south and inland down the street to the north. The windows integrate retractable shades for sun control or privacy. The bedrooms have cypress louvers for these purposes.


The angled north elevation leads to the front door at the midpoint of the house. This angled wall also orients the kitchen and breakfast room to the morning sun and captures a view down the street and across an adjacent property. The water view one sees entering the house is framed with a perspective defined by the angled stair. The open first floor plan provides interior spaces with loft-like proportions, increasing the scale of the major interior spaces.

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The interior finishes continue the loft aesthetic, with kitchen cabinets of natural white oak and ribbed glass doors. Counters and back splashes are granite. Floors are white oak throughout. Interior illumination includes indirect uplights and recessed down lights.


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