Specht Novak

Specht Novak

Austin, TX


Weston Residence

The Weston Residence nestles in a valley adjacent to the Saugatuck River. This small house blurs the distinction between the built and its breathtaking surroundings.

“The architects immersed the concrete and glass house in the landscape so that a series of green rooftop terraces gently step down from the street to the river below.”

– Architectural Record

The roof is the first thing you’ll see when arriving by the windy road from a cliff above. Thus, it’s been transformed into a lush, green landscape. Terraces planted with year-round, region-specific succulents step down the hill, and bedrooms project out into these roof gardens. You feel immersed in the surrounding forest.

Views, portals, and material continuity join the interior and exterior spaces. A glass-backed fireplace provides an elegant surprise when stepping into the living area. The landscape becomes the decoration for the rooms, playing between transparency during the day and reflectivity at night.

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Status: Built
Location: Weston, CT, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: ARCHITECT
Specht Harpman

Michael Greenberg, Prutting and Company

Taggart Sorenson, Jasper Lazor