Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

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

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Architecture is, by definition, site-specific, or, a s architect James Cutler, FAIA, would clarify: landscape-specific. Whereas site suggests something merely physical, the word landscape connotes a living, dynamic place that we engage with on multiple levels—emotional, spiritual, conceptual. Like all Cutler Anderson Architects' projects, the house he designed in southern New England is carefully tuned to the nuances of its terrain. It doesn't just sit in a long, sloping meadow dotted with young oaks and maples. It pivots and pirouettes, encloses and exposes, bringing landscape views full circle in an effortlessly choreographed way, to the delight of the owners. On each project, Jim does a preliminary land survey himself so he can get to know the place. Once he thinks he understands the landscape and the clients' needs, he starts to design. Thirty miles from Manhattan, the property is part of a narrow corridor that bisects a 750-acre nature preserve and a 40-acre conservation area. What Cutler observed, when he walked the property, was a small natural pond 400 feet downhill to the south, a field that meets a for- est to the north, a forest gradually going to meadow on the east, and visible neighbors to the west. There was also a fairly big drainage area to the north. At this point in Cutler Anderson's practice, its clients self-select. They want what the firm does and are willing to suspend precon- Land Trust An environmentally attuned house reveals the natural dynamics of its landscape. BY CHERYL WEBER ARCHITECT: CUTLER ANDERSON ARCHITECTS BUILDER: A. PAPPAJOHN COMPANY LOCATION: NEW ENGLAND 23 VOL. 1, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM CASE STUDY

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