DR Residence / su11 architecture+design

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  • Project Manager: Hart Marlow
  • Client: Dreiss/Ropp
  • Architect In Charge: Erich Schoenenberger, Ferda Kolatan
  • City: Darien
  • Country: United States
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DR Residence / su11 architecture+design - Windows, Facade
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Text description provided by the architects. This single-family home is a new construction, which had to adhere to the L-shaped plan and overall building envelope of an older house. In addition to these external constraints, three major components drove the conceptual ideas for the project: The context (geographical/his­torical), the specific treatment of the building envelope, and spatial-programmatic continuity. In combination, these three aspects aimed to create a unique house with a bold contemporary expression without appearing too alien to its environment.

Floor Plan

We took our initial inspiration from the barn, a popular building type in Connecticut. We were mainly interested in two of the characteristics of this type. First, we wanted to anchor the project within a historical and geographical context. Second, we were intrigued by the abstract quali­ties of these compelling objects. Their specific treatment of volume, apertures, and overall geometry interested us as tools to estrange conventional ideas of residential housing.

DR Residence / su11 architecture+design - Stairs, Handrail
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We began by altering the original L-shaped volume through carving maneuvers in response to functional and programmatic elements. For instance, the partial outward leaning of the second floor results in a deepening of the façade and therefore a better shading/thermal performance for the bedrooms. It also allows for cutting back roof overhangs, thus accentuating the volumetric char­acter of the design, while still protecting the outside perimeter. Other carvings reflect program­matic and circulatory conditions of the interior and create deliberate distortions of the envelope, which play with our concepts of perspective and depth-of-field.


On the interior the angular play of the façade generates thick walls for pro­grammatic use and spatial continuity. The client’s wish for openness, maximization of views and light is met without sacrificing functionality or usability. The geometrical pivot point of the L-shape becomes the spacious double-height stairwell/entrance area around which activi­ties such as cooking, dining, playing, relaxing, entertaining, etc. organize freely and without strict demarcations.

DR Residence / su11 architecture+design - Table, Shelving, Chair
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Cite: "DR Residence / su11 architecture+design" 13 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/769971/dr-residence-su11-architecture-plus-design> ISSN 0719-8884

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