House in Rural Connecticut
This house commands the high ground of a site in Connecticut, overlooking rolling hills and horse pastures. The clients wanted a house that both captured the spirit of the many relaxed, country houses in the area and that created a special place that dramatized its exceptional site and reflected their own spirit.
A procession is established through an archway and small courtyard into a large entry hall which opens up views to a many-windowed living room and beyond to their horse pastures and the near and distant hills and valleys.
These views, combined with a flood of early morning light or the late afternoon setting sun, not only create a special and memorable setting but also say something about the owners. At the center of it all is a fireplace made of stone quarried in Jerusalem and decorated with two mosaics made in a kibbutz in northern Israel. This centerpiece symbolizes their values of family and religion. The effort overall was to create a sense of threshold, a sense of leaving one world and entering another unexpected and memorable one.