18.36.54

Sketch (c) Daniel Libeskind
South West View (c) Marc Lins
North West View (c) Marc Lins
North View (c) Marc Lins
North East View (c) Marc Lins
Plan (c) SDL
Section (c) SDL
Living area (c) Marc Lins
View on the bedroom(c) Marc Lins
View on the bathroom (c) Marc Lins
South View at night (c) Marc Lins
Facade Detail (c) Marc Lins

Primary Author

  • Studio Daniel Libeskind

Contributing Authors

  • Hage Engineering PC (Structural Engineering)
  • CCA Engineering, LLC (Civil Engineer)
  • ARUP Lighting (Lighting Designer)
  • Steel Windows & Doors USA (Windows Consultant)
  • P.A Collins, P.E (Mechanical Engineer)
  • Simpson Gumphertz & Heger (Building Science Consultant)
  • CNR Group Inc (Contractor)
  • A. Zahner Company (Facade Contractor)

Author

  • Mark Fletcher

Photographers

  • Marc Lins

Objectives

The name of this 2,000 square-feet home derives from the 18 planes, 36 points, and 54 lines of the spiraling ribbon. This pure and dynamic architectural form generates distinctive interior spaces while dramatically framing both near and distant landscape scenes. Within the planes of the ribbon, enclosure is achieved via large glass planes which virtually disappear. From inside, unimpeded picturesque views of hay meadows and distant foothills are framed in surprising ways by the sloping walls and ceilings. The interior finishes, cabinetry, and built-in furniture are custom handcrafted from locally harvested oak planks. These elements, along with subtle elevation changes in the concrete floor distinguish the kitchen, living, dining, and sleeping areas without separating them. Circulation throughout the home is seamless and free-flowing, a theme which carries through in the nearly-nonexistent distinction between inside and outside.

Context

This private house, situated on 54 bucolic acres in western Connecticut is clad in mirror-finish bronzed stainless steel and, as such, is never experienced the same way twice. Its reflective luster accentuates and exaggerates environmental changes as weather, time-of-day, and seasons turn around it.

Performance

Challenging both traditional and modern notions of “the house in the landscape,” this bold design does not sacrifice itself to its natural setting, but selectively incorporates the elements therein for the enhancement of both house and landscape.

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Sketch (c) Daniel Libeskind