Modern Anomaly


Photograph by Greg Premru

In the November/December issue of Design New England, Bruce Irving writes about a comfortably modern new home for empty nesters in Weston, Massachusetts. Situated on a challenging site with wetlands on one side and ledge on the other, architect Adolfo Perez designed the home with its narrow side facing the street but with a clearly defined front entrance. The wetlands, wooded and serene, then became the primary view. Responding to the homeowner’s directive to “…conceive a new and contemporary structure, use natural materials, and please include one big room,” Perez designed a striking structure simple in form and suggestive of organic architecture whereby the home, its site, and surroundings have a unique interrelated composition. The exterior is comprised of three materials: cedar, glass, and zinc coated copper. Adolfo meticulously continued the use of natural materials throughout the home’s interior. The foyer, lined in ship lapped planks of an exotic African hardwood called “makore” is the first glimpse into how the architect’s attention to detail was carefully integrated on the home's inside as well. A two-story makore gallery brings daylight deep into the heart of the home. And where the architecture ends the interiors, designed by Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group, continue the home’s objective of bringing the outdoors inside and using natural materials. Duffy’s interior design and use of finely crafted custom furnishings perfectly compliment the home’s architecture and yet have a confident assurance of their own. The great room – kitchen/dining/living room - as requested by the homeowner, has an open floor plan and features a fireplace with a wall of rain-forest-green granite and a 1970’s-inspired lacquer coffee table custom designed by Duffy. At the other end is an L-shaped kitchen constructed of custom eucalyptus cabinetry and Verde Fuoco granite countertops. The house is a tribute to the homeowners’ vision and the combined talents of Perez and Duffy who worked closely together to create this non-conforming, yet exceptionally appropriate suburban home. Landscaping, by Wesley Wirth of Thomas Wirth Associates, Inc, anchors the home into its natural setting.

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