Residential Design

VOL.4. 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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ambitious—48 units of housing, shared common space, and community gardens, all intended to operate at net-zero. The site is a brownfield contaminated by coal ash and years of use as a salvage yard. Cleanup has finished and design develop- ment is underway. White House, Red House The counterpoint of urban and ru- ral work has also played out in the firm's bread-and-butter practice of single-family residential. Robert has recently completed an urban house for himself and his family on a busy street in Cambridge, Mass. Dubbed the White House, it's just a stone's throw from a house the firm designed for a client several years back, called the Red House. of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass. "What this museum has done is revitalize a town that was in need of revitalization. We want to add a student project to North Adams. Our vision is for a new 'Studio North Adams' that mixes urban and rural aspects," says Keith. The partners are writing letters and making phone calls again. Given their track record, it's hard to imagine anyone would say no. In the meantime, Studio North is taking a hiatus this year. And that's OK, because the firm has plenty of projects in the works that actually promise to pay the bills. They're most excited about an affordable, green development called the Hillside Center for Sustainable Living in Newburyport, Mass. The scope is Both houses back up to Fresh Pond Reser- vation, a wildlife sanctuary, green space, and reservoir for the city of Cambridge. Robert flipped the typical plan to take advantage of the scenic views and to insulate bedrooms from street noise. "The living space is on the upper level and bedrooms are on the lower floor. The land slopes away, so the bedrooms are actually bermed into the hill. Triple-glazed European windows help isolate sound and make the house perform better." Just three years old, the house has attracted coverage in the media and lots of attention on the street. "It's such a busy road, the house has high visibility. We did give it many of the characteris- tics of existing houses on the street— but with a modern take. We love it there and feel like we have the best house in Cambridge," he says. Roughly around the same time, the firm completed a weekend house for a client in Orleans, a seaside town on Cape Cod. It, too, is a modern take on the vernacular houses in the area. Fitting in and honoring the buildings already in place is important to the firm. Says Robert, "Like most architects, we're really interested in building something that feels right on its site. Wherever the project is, we want to understand what the constraints and opportunities are, and then design something contextual that elevates that context. "On Martha's Vineyard, for instance, it's about the long views as you move through the progression from the car to the bedroom. On more urban proj- ects, the major concern is about scale. Underlining both is the theme of energy efficiency, high-quality envelopes, and making the buildings beautiful and func- tional at the same time." "We don't do McMansions," Keith adds. "These are our interpretations of what a house should look like in America."—S. Claire Conroy Clockwise from top left: At either end of Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge lie Red House and White House, two custom homes by Moskow Linn. Robert's own home, White House flips the typical floor plan to capture views from living areas placed on the second floor. Photo: Trent Bell Photo: Eric Roth Photo: Eric Roth 18 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2018 PRO-FILE DESIGN

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