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  7. Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects

Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects

  • 01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects
Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects, © Taggart Sorensen
© Taggart Sorensen

© Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen + 15

Text description provided by the architects. The Weston Residence nestles in a valley adjacent to the Saugatuck River.  In plan and section, the elements of the house engage the site in a way that purposefully blurs the transition and distinction between the built and natural environment.

© Taggart Sorensen
© Taggart Sorensen

As the house is approached from a road that begins high on a cliff above, the roofscape—or fifth façade— becomes a critical element of the design.  Terraced planes planted with year-round, region-specific succulents step down the hill.  Bedrooms project out into these roof gardens, giving a feeling of being fully immersed in the landscape.  The planted roofs are also integral to the high-performance building envelope.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

Interior and exterior spaces are joined through views, portals, and material continuity.  A glass-backed fireplace provides an elegant surprise.  Like other glass houses, the landscape becomes the “decoration” for the rooms, playing with transparency during the day and reflectivity at night.

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Cite: "Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects" 30 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/530496/weston-residence-specht-harpman-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884