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Bridge House Connecticut

American Residential Property design by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC

Jun 16, 2014

Design: Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC

Location: Kent, Connecticut, USA

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The Bridge House is located in Kent, Connecticut, along a 300′ ridge that parallels the Housatonic River and Kent Falls State Park.

Bridge House Connecticut

Photos by Frank Oudeman, Michael Biondo, and David Sundberg/Esto.

Bridge House

The Kent Falls are a series of cascades formed when the bedrock contains alternating hard and soft layers that erode over time. The most striking experience of this dynamic geological and ecological system is the gradual and cascading flow of rock and water as they ebb and flow over time and slowly slide down through the more stable and rooted surroundings of trees, plants, and earth.

Bridge House Connecticut property landscape

Our impression of the falls and the more recent “historic covered-wood bridges” of the area inspired the conceptual design of the Bridge House.

Bridge House

Translating and mirroring the slow geological flow of bedrock and the more active flows and streams of water above, Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC invented a strategy where the building becomes a bridge, springing out of the sloping topography. As the house takes on form and volume it turns and spans across the landscape, which rolls directly under it and down the hillside.

Bridge House

This “living/dining bridge” is anchored into the hillside by two opposing concrete foundation/buttress/chimney structures with dual hearths.

Bridge House

The house form and its key interlocking interior space, the dual living/dining area, are now open on both sides and turned parallel to the open meadow, the valley floor, and the Housatonic River below.

Bridge House Connecticut home USA

The living/dining area and the vertical stair-light wells are a wonderful example of a “camera lucida” or viewing chamber, projecting external conditions (site views, changing weather, light, and air) on internal relations (activities, rituals) and vice versa.

American Residential Property design by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC

These chambers create a life-world suspended between land and air. This feeling of suspension produces just enough of a “loose fit” and play between nature and convention for the unexpected to emerge.

Bridge House Connecticut residence facade

The house oscillates between a tree house, a campground, and a cave all in one, providing a perfect vacation escape.

Connecticut property interior

Bridge House – Building Information

Architects: Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC
Location: Kent, Connecticut, USA
Structural Engineer: Ed Stanley and Associates
Mechanical Engineer: ENCON Inc.
General Contractor: Corporate Construction, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Donald Walsh
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010

Photographs: Frank Oudeman, Michael Biondo, David Sundberg/Esto

Bridge House images / information from Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC

Location: Kent, Connecticut, USA

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