Architect: Bruns Architecture
Contractor: Design 2 Construct
On a site that includes a small farm field as well as the heavily wooded topography of two glacial kettles, this new home in Richfield is balanced about a fieldstone wall that runs through the length of the interior and organizes circulation. The stone for the wall was collected nearby and polished smooth by glacial activity. The primary living spaces are collected in a tall two-story volume with a gently sloping roof on the woodland side of the home. On the exterior, warm grey zinc panels hang like drapes from the clerestory down to the lower level. Within the entry, a cedar wall extends past a timber and steel stairway. A board-formed concrete chimney with wood-burning fireplaces anchors both levels. Support spaces are organized in a smaller flat-roofed structure on the field side and wrapped in smooth cedar siding. With energy efficient windows and insulated walls, the home utilizes radiant heat within polished concrete floor slabs. The south facing eave is extended to allow sunlight on winter days and provide shade in the summer.
Jury Comment: “The siting of this home is spectacular. The design solution seemed to take off from a very clear idea about this memorable and beautiful site. The materials and detailing are beautiful. The sustainability features are very good, such as the window glazing and careful orientation. It must be heavenly to be in this glass pavilion looking at the woodland forest.”
Photos: Tricia Shay Photography