New Canaan Residence

This residence, nestled into a clearing in a lush forested landscape, was designed to immerse its occupants in the full range of environments that the site offers. A winding drive brings visitors through the forest to arrive at an open hilltop court that is defined by the low, embracing form of the house. The house is built on a steep grade, with the entry on the second level, so as you move inside, the feeling of grounded horizontality becomes one of floating in the treetops. The tree canopy enfolds the interior space and creates a visual perimeter that changes with the seasons.

A staircase tucked behind the free-standing fireplace leads down to the lower level of the house, which is carved into the earth and gives onto the forest floor. The cozy nature of the lower level provides an experiential contrast to the expansive and light-filled level above.

Architect: Specht Harpman
Interior Design: Carrier & Co.
Photographer: Elizabeth Felicella

Press and Awards

AIA Design Award
Residential Architect (RA) Award
Architectural Digest
New Canaan Modern Homes Tour

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colipa added this to RD Homes Ideas29 April 2021

One big window and rest normal in master bedroom

ericap77 added this to Dining area ideas7 January 2021

this is the coolest bar area I have ever seen in a home

ktd_hz_4us_20 added this to K&T Inspiration22 December 2020

Lower Level Lounge - Open room area with downstairs bar area. Window views. Good lower level ceiling height.This will likely be more of a Lounge Area that we can watch movies in, also.