Joeb Moore + Partners Architects designed a house in Kent, Connecticut that spans across the landscape. The Bridge House sits along a 300 feet ridge that parallels the Housatonic River and Kent Falls State Park.
Our impression of the falls and the more recent “historic covered-wood bridges” of the area inspired the conceptual design of the Bridge House.
The design of the residence embraces the landscape in a unique way. Translating and mirroring the slow geological flow of bedrock and the most active flows and streams of water above, the architects came up with a strategy where the building becomes a bridge, springing out of the sloping topography. This strategy makes the house appear as if it turns and spans across the landscape.
The connecting ‘bridge’ that houses the living and dining areas, is anchored into the hillside by two concrete foundation/buttress/chimney structures with dual hearths.
The house form and its key interlocking space, the dual living/dining area, are open on both sides, offering stunning views of the Housatonic River below, and the valley floor.
The living/dining area and the vertical stair-light wells are a wonderful example of a “camera lucida” or viewing chamber, projecting external conditions (site views, changing weather, light, and air) on internal relations (activities, rituals) and vice versa.
The interior spaces create a feeling of suspension, and strong relation to the outdoors. The house oscillates between a tree house, a campground, and a cave all in one, providing a perfect vacation retreat.
Architects: Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC
Location: Kent, Connecticut, USA
Structural Engineer: Ed Stanley and Associates
Mechanical Engineer: ENCON Inc.
General Contractor: Corporate Construction, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Donald Walsh
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Frank Oudeman, Michael Biondo, David Sundberg/Esto
*All images and information courtesy of Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC.