Windigo Architecture & Design

Windigo Architecture & Design

Morristown, NJ


New Canaan Residence

Being built on the foundation of an old barn on the property of the owner's residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, this new guesthouse will be a contemporary twist on a traditional English Threshing barn, with a bright airy interior and an innate connection with the outdoors.

The original barn located on the property was built in the 1870s and collapsed in a snow storm in the winter of 2010. Instead of simply rebuilding the previous structure, the family applied for a permit to rebuild the structure with a new use, a guest house. The proposed guest house will fit within the L-shaped envelope of the original structure and will be approximately 3,370 SF including sleeping areas, living spaces, a garage, and greenhouse.

From the street the reconstructed barn’s exterior is quiet, private and unassuming presenting itself as an archetype somewhere between a New England Barn and a Japanese temple. The materials include Ipe siding, local stone walls, a standing seam zinc roof, steel framed curtain walls and rain chains. A sliding barn while subtlety suggesting the owner's initials KK reveals between its boards the interior lighted stair from within.

Approaching the large pivoting front  door, the light-between-the-board motif is echoed in the interior walls around the vestibule, framing the owner's artwork ahead. Upon entering, a tapered board-formed concrete cooking fireplace centered on the long axis of the entry foyer, draws the viewer into the main living/dining space. Filled with natural light all around, the space is grand with views extending to the west over the kitchen towards the estate's cherry orchards. In the opposite direction the bedroom loft magically hovers over the living room. Along the long north wall, large glass terrace doors fully open allowing the interior to be almost entirely opened up to the rear terrace.

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Status: Under Construction
Location: New Canaan, CT, US