Honorable Mention, New Construction
New England inspiration is clear in this new home with an old soul in Rowayton
Brandishing a cache of classic design details, architect Bruce Beinfeld created a new/old home that stands out from the crowd. “It is an architecture of distilled images that bridges the distant past and the present, exploring degrees of abstraction along the way,” said Beinfeld. His eponymous firm based in Norwalk has long been influenced by place, culture and history; this reinterpreted saltbox is a case in point. Sitting on a compact corner lot in the village of Rowayton, the 2,200-square-foot home was built on a pre-existing foundation. The exterior, adorned only by weathered gray clapboard siding and white board-and-batten shutters, is pure and elegant in its simplicity. The interior floors and doors are crafted from recycled white oak, lending its rooms the patina of age; the Washburn jury commented that the use of wood made the interior “warmer.” White plaster walls and a notable absence of interior wood trim give the house a soothing quietness, according to the architect. Anchored by a zinc-topped island, the open kitchen is the heart of the home. The comfortable living area flows to a garden and outdoor room oriented toward a fireplace and swimming pool. The home’s classic, clean lines moved the Washburn jury. The called it “classic and well-proportioned,” with a pleasing visual path to the front door. “This is a new house but it has the spirit of a traditional New England saltbox,” the jurors said. Beinfeld said he took “an alchemical approach” in designing the house. He said his goal was to “transform the ordinary into the exceptional by employing common materials towards uncommon ends. “ By all accounts, he succeeded.
Beinfield Architecture PC
1 Marshall St., Ste. 202, Norwalk