Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

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The water is ever-present in the owners' daily lives. They park in the garage across the pond from the main house and enter a cross-axis hallway that reveals a spec- imen tree at one end. In the other direction is a long, enclosed walk to the kitchen, over the water. The walkway wall opens up momentarily on the east side to frame a mature linden tree with a hooked branch. "We opened the walkway on that side so they would experience the tree," Jim says. "And actually they do. They tell me they stop and look. It's giving someone the opportunity to connect with a place through how you choreograph their daily movement. It has nothing to do with style or shape, just with looking at the real world. Shapes are personal; this concept is universal." The excavated pond is another example of amplifying the clients' emotional engagement with the land by riffing on its natural features. As he drew the buildings into the plan, Jim started to see he could impound water draining from the north. Most of the pond water is replenished from the roof of the buildings, which are pitched to dump rainwater into the pond; downspouts supply the rest. "We have a secondary well to make sure it's topped up if necessary, but most of the time it fills up naturally," he says. "Buildings take an enormous amount of water off the earth and run it into a pipe. We tried to have the buildings infiltrate their water back into the earth and avoid gutters and downspouts." Movement through the public spaces always engages the pond. For example, a single glass panel opposite the dining table frames a water view, so that the dining area straddles the wet realm and the dry meadow below. That slot also opens a sight line to the cypress-clad garage, with an attached guest suite, across the pond. Built slab-on-grade, the garage's lower part is cast concrete that cantilevers over the water and then drops down in a candy cane shape so that the pond liner is hidden under the crook. "Living with the pond is a fantastic experience," says the husband. "It's a surprise pleasure having constant wildlife intrusions so close to the house. You wake up and see a blue heron sitting on a rock, looking at you, or a million frog eggs across the top of the pond. There's a constant biology lesson going on, and my son's friends are always playing in the pond. It's very interactive." 28 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2018 CASE STUDY

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