Inspired by Artist Donald Judd’s Multicolored Works, 2015’s new color is Azul Turquesa (RAL 5018).
2015 AIA National Housing Award > Bridge House > Kent, Connecticut
The Bridge House is located along a 300′ ridge that parallels the Housatonic River and Kent Falls State Park. Translating and mirroring the slow geological flow of bedrock and the more active flows and streams of water above, we invented a strategy where the building becomes a bridge, springing out of the sloping topography. As the house takes on form and volume it turns and spans across the landscape, which rolls directly under it and down the hillside, where the house is anchored by two opposing concrete foundation/buttress/chimney structures with dual hearths.The house form and its key interlocking interior space, the dual living/dining area, are now open on both sides and turned parallel to the open meadow, the valley floor, and the Housatonic River below. 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 house oscillates between a tree house, a campground, and a cave all in one, providing a perfect nature escape.
CTC&G Innovation in Design Award Finalist > River Residence, Architectural Design > Washington Depot, Connecticut
CTC&G Innovation in Design Award Finalist > Spiral House, Bath Design > Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Litchfield Magazine > Bridge House > Kent, Connecticut
|Press Coverage of JM&P’s AIA National Housing Award > Greenwich Time, Architect Magazine, Huffington Post|
|Press Coverage of JM&P > Residential Architect “Parsing Architecture’s Duality”|
35HP > Rye, New York
The renovation of this Tudor style residence is a work of restoration and spatial extension. The addition responds to the key parameters of the existing home, seeking to maximize the habitable use of the site, while preserving the character and history of the existing home within its neighborhood context. This preservation of the existing front façade is accented by a new wood-clad entryway, creating a delicate, understated contrast to the site’s context. Further, the new entry materially and formally connects the front of the house with the more minimalist abstract “box” addition that extends from the rear. The new, unified design binds old and new in a symbiotic relationship by a series of elegant but poignant disjunctions of light and space.
38PR > Scarsdale, New York
38PR, a 1929 Tudor style house, underwent a renovation of its existing interior spaces and an addition that strives to strengthen the relationship between interior and exterior habitable space in a suburban context. The addition not only adds to the living spaces on the ground floor, but it also redistributes program, facilitating further penetration of light into the interior of the home. This new open plan maintains programmatic specificity through the employment of slight sectional shifts, which define separate areas of use without disrupting views. The addition encourages a dynamic dialogue between landscape and building with constant movement in the program; the inhabitant’s connectivity with each space is always present.
|30SR > Darien, Connecticut|
This design was conceived as a duality consisting of a modern renovation and an existing French traditional style home. Few spaces were moved or added; however all interior spaces were given clarity, specifically the entry and main circulation. The formal entry follows a procession through a long and linear portal of white oak post and beam assembly. The core is opened with large glass walls, bringing in daylight and nature beyond. Living and entertainment spaces were added: a dining area, breakfast nook, and a family room were extruded from the center mass of the house. A millwork “jewel box” was inserted into a glass wall, maximizing storage and creating privacy. The angled wall of the family room is a result of the site and zoning parameters; it maintains side yard setbacks while also capturing and employing nature as a material within.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel > Colorado Springs, Colorado
As a member of the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Board of Directors, Joeb Moore visited the United States Air Force Academy Campus in Colorado Springs. The Cadet Chapel was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings, and Merril, and was built in 1962. The chapel received an AIA National 25 Year Award in 1996 and was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004. Also pictured below: Mitchell Hall, the cadet dining hall, designed by Gertrude Lempp Kerbis of SOM and completed in 1958.
|Meadow Pavilion > Cross River, New York|
Meadow Pavilion is the concluding structure to a larger master plan that features numerous out-buildings, gardens, and meadows linked by a series of paths and lawns back to a main house. Functioning as a garden, guesthouse, and event/dining space, the pavilion is sited at the southernmost end of the property’s meadows, capitalizing on views of the distant rolling hills of the Hudson Valley to the north. Similar to its natural surrounding, the building acts performatively, using digital technology to interact with sound, light and time, creating an expanded atmosphere of sensory effects that blend natural and theatrical phenomena. “Cloudspace” is the pavilion’s interstitial zone, which allows for the superimposition of program, architectural elements and natural phenomena. The cloud (roof) is transformative, non-static and visually provocative against the undulating ground plane. The Meadow Pavilion is accessed solely by foot, via a processional walkway from the main house. Incorporating digital sensors throughout the terrain, the “Cloudspace” responds to data from the field at large, and interacts with the inhabitants of the pavilion and the meadow. 1/16″ scale site model below.
First and second floor plans
Perspective rendering from north-west
Interior perspective rendering looking towards entry
Site procession: sensory diagram
Site procession: triggered lighting diagram, Perspective rendering from meadow below
Office Holiday Celebration > Theater Outing > New York City
Continuing JM&P’s tradition of valuing diverse cultural and artistic mediums, the end of the year office festivities consisted of two matinee viewings on Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The Real Thing. Joeb first saw the former in London, and was captivated by its hi-tech set and compelling story-telling technique. The latter is an excellent revival of Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed 1984 play.
Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum > New York City
JM&P visited the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which reopened after extensive renovations. It is housed in the 1902 Babb, Cook & Willard-designed mansion built for Andrew Carnegie as a “spacious, comfortable, and light-filled home” in the style of a Georgian country house. It was the first home in United States to have a structural steel frame (museum website).
Beautiful Users exhibit
Tools: Extending Our Reach exhibit
JM&P staff on grand stair of entry foyer
Point Foundation > Point Honors Gala > New York City
By attending the annual Point Honors gala at the New York Public Library, JM&P supported Point Foundation, which empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor; JM&P staff at Point Honors gala
Dustin Yellin > Psychogeographies > New York City
Sculptural collage-blocks art installation are found at the New York City Ballet Theater. The media are paint, magazine clippings, and paper on glass sheets, which are laminated to create depth and shapes revealing human forms within. Inspired by the movement of ballet dancers, these inert materials become dynamic representations of psychological beings, highlighting memory and emotion.
Suggested Reading / Listening
Bill Bryson > At Home: A Short History of Private Life
This book tracks the history of how everything in our houses came to be, a kind of aura of domesticity. You will be shocked and delighted with the history of what we take for granted in our houses, from the violent history of salt and pepper to the origins of fireplaces, windows, halls, stairs and the emergence of gardens into lawns, and bricks and stucco. The house is a contested space indeed.
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