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Architecture

A MODERNIST-INSPIRED MASTERPIECE IN DARIEN, A STORYBOOK SALTBOX IN ROWAYTON AND A RENOVATED AND EXPANDED FORMER MEN'S CAMP IN GREENWICH EXEMPLIFY THE DIVERSITY OF INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE IN CONNECTICUT

Amanda Martocchio
Architecture + Design

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Amanda Martocchio's approach to the Stevenson residence in Darien was inspired by the midcentury designs of Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer and other Connecticut architects who established a tradition of thinking outside of the box. The 7,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house is located on a high point of a private, two-acre lot and positioned to take advantage of the sweeping views of the Long Island Sound, as well as the sun's path across the site. (The family can enjoy the morning sun in the breakfast area and sunsets on the dining terrace, for example.) In their juxtaposition, the distinctive solid volumes of the house create an innovative variety of negative spaces—outdoor terraces, courtyards and gardens. The footprint extends out into the landscape while the nine-foot-high, sliding glass walls bring the outdoors in. The house also incorporates a number of green features including photovoltaic panels (on the roof of the southern wing), radiant heating throughout, high-efficiency boilers that partially burn bio-fuel, high-performance insulated glass windows and an underground cistern that collects rainwater for irrigation.

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