'Glass House of Weston' an experiment in modern design – Thehour.com

WESTON — When Allen Swerdlowe strikes into a brand new home, he brings a set of issues, like most individuals. However he additionally brings a imaginative and prescient.

As an architect with a background in superb artwork and design, Swerdlowe has redesigned practically each place he’s lived, and the property at 112 Birch Hill Highway in Weston isn't any exception.

“We have been searching for land and planning to construct once we discovered this property,” Swerdlowe stated. “We couldn’t discover land that I appreciated and we stumbled on this very distinctive home. Whereas there was no kitchen, no out of doors house and wanted loads of work, I knew I may do one thing unbelievable with it.”

The result's a very renovated 1970s modern impressed by the tendencies of midcentury modern structure, full with partitions of glass that invite the outside inside, an open ground plan, modern fixtures and built-in furnishings. Swerdlowe, who bought the home in 1992, stated he initially rejected the home a number of instances, however when he couldn’t discover land he discovered appropriate, thought of the home for its “nice bones.”

The home was initially constructed in 1977 as the primary out-of-school venture by famend Westport architect Roger Ferris. Constructed as a sort-of experiment, the home was divided into many small rooms and lacked massive home windows.

When Swerdlowe bought the home, he instantly set to work opening up the primary ground. Now dubbed the “Glass House of Weston,” the house is awash in pure gentle from the ground to ceiling home windows and several other skylights. Within the kitchen, which Swerdlowe expanded and opened to the eating room, a skylight so enormous it nearly seems like there’s no ceiling overhead sends gentle throughout the customized Italian cabinetry and German home equipment.

Within the course of of renovating, he was additionally in a position to observe down the quarry that supplied the unique slate flooring, so though it was laid practically 30 years later, the flooring is constant all through. Upstairs, 4 of the house’s 5 bedrooms present out of doors entry to shared balconies. Two of the bedrooms embrace lofted beds over the out of doors porch, making use of the excessive ceilings created by the field-like structure of the house.

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The renovations took practically a decade to finish, together with landscaping the property.

“I knew it might take time and work, however that’s what I do,” Swerdlowe stated. “Designing a house for your self is far completely different than for a consumer. It’s like a science experiment and that is my lab.”

After all, the house wasn’t Swerdlowe’s first foray into experimental renovation. An acclaimed architect in residential and business structure, in addition to city planning, Swerdlowe had beforehand redesigned a 1909 farm home in Minneapolis, and a modern loft on the Brooklyn waterfront, each for himself.

Swerdlowe has run his agency, d7architects for the previous 30 years, designing residential and business tasks in addition to furnishings and different merchandise. He was not too long ago named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is greatest identified for his work on the reconstruction of the World Trade Center, notably the memorial museum, and the event of Brooklyn Bridge Park, of which he was a founding trustee. He has additionally taught at Columbia University, Pratt Institute and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Now an empty nester, Swerdlowe, 68, is promoting his Weston residence, downsizing and, probably, searching for a brand new venture.

“I’m a single man dwelling in a home with 5 bedrooms,” Swerdlowe stated. “It’s time to maneuver on to the following chapter and let another person get pleasure from it.”

The home is listed by Barry Katz of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty for $.2 million.

“This was a really arduous home to place a worth on as a result of there are primarily no comps,” Katz stated. “It’s not like another home in the marketplace in this space. We predict that it’s going to go to any individual who falls in love with this home. It’s not our typical middle corridor colonial and it’s not going to promote to somebody who’s searching for that. However for somebody who’s searching for one thing distinctive and particular it might be the best residence. It’s actually uncommon, particularly in Westport and Weston, there simply aren’t loads of contemporaries, and when the do come on, they’re nearly by no means of this high quality of design and development.”

Although Swerdlowe did increase his two youngsters in the house, and it was a favourite of their buddies who liked the out of doors house, loft bedrooms and balconies, Katz stated he doesn’t predict the house will promote to a typical household with younger youngsters.

“There’s no cause why they couldn’t increase youngsters there,” Katz stated. “However it’s extra more likely to go to any individual searching for a weekend residence, any individual from town, with a extra subtle style, who has lived in a modernist residence earlier than.”

As for Swerdlowe, he’s ready for the home to promote earlier than he decides what and the place his subsequent step will likely be, nevertheless it gained’t be stunning if he finds himself renovating as soon as once more.

“We’ll simply have to attend and see,” Swerdlowe stated.

kkrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-354-1021; @kaitlynkrasselt

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'Glass House of Weston' an experiment in modern design - Thehour.com