New England Contemporary
This home is a single family residence for a private homeowner located a stone’s throw from a suburban Boston neighborhood recognized by the National Historic Register. The home consists of two distinct types of masses: very open curtain walled volumes and solid gable-ended, wood-shingled boxes. The solid pieces contain private spaces – five bedrooms, an office, and a media room – while the transparent zones house the living, dining, and circulation spaces. Exposed structural steel in the first floor ceiling was conceived as an expressive “seam” which delineates the relationship between the two zones.
In keeping with the contemporary aesthetic on the home’s interior, many finishes express raw materiality. Recycled structural steel, and glu-lam timbers used to support the long spans are left exposed. The main stair is framed in steel with open bamboo treads. The living room floor is stained concrete, serving as a perfect backdrop to the contemporary furnishings. The commitment to contemporary life and materials is continued with the finish materials: open riser structural steel staircases, bamboo and stained concrete flooring, exposed electrical conduit, junction boxes, switch plates and outlets.