View from the river (construction photo)

View from the river (construction photo)
Dusk view (construction photo)

Dusk view (construction photo)
Floating pavilions (construction photo)

Floating pavilions (construction photo)
Nestled in the landscape

Nestled in the landscape
Russian doll house (construction photo)

Russian doll house (construction photo)
River view (construction photo)

River view (construction photo)
Resting place (construction photo)

Resting place (construction photo)
Healthful light from all sides (construction photo)

Healthful light from all sides (construction photo)
Emerging from the hillside (construction photo)

Emerging from the hillside (construction photo)
Master pavilion (construction photo)

Master pavilion (construction photo)
Wet bar window (construction photo)

Wet bar window (construction photo)
Woodlined arc guestroom hall (construction photo)

Woodlined arc guestroom hall (construction photo)
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Sample Description

Work of art: impeccably conceived & executed contemporary river house

River House

Private Residence, Westport, MA

The River House, a fossil-fuel-free structure, sits on 1.1 acres on the banks of the Westport River in Massachusetts, commanding sweeping views to the south. The home’s solar crescent form allows for daylight to flood the interior. The home contains five bedrooms and accommodates large family conclaves with all interior surfaces like a fine cabinet, surrounding the occupants with rich, warm wood surfaces. The living spaces are framed by two-story-high glass enclosures opening to the sky to take advantage of the views and the horizon.

With passive solar design in mind, the house gains much of its warmth directly from the sun with heat energy stored in the concrete slab. The cooling source is primarily conceived through natural ventilation. The radiant floors and fan coils are served by two heat pumps which utilize 50-degree water supplied by four-300 foot deep geothermal wells. Solar arrays generate electricity to help drive the heat pumps and the house’s other electric needs.

Size: 3,400 gsf

Recognition

Global Architecture & Design Awards 2022 Rethinking The Future Second Award

A New Order of Residential Construction

Showing the beauty of wood: "outside-in" construction
Sill detail
Direct glazed mullion
Direct glazed mullion
Glazing to glazing roof peak
Glazing to glazing roof peak
Glazed roofing
Glazed roofing
Roof extension trellis
Roof extension trellis
Light transmitting roof installation
Light transmitting roof installation
Roof plan
Roof plan
Floor plan
Floor plan