Gray Organschi Architecture • Prefabricated in the architects’ shop, the Lanterns are four small pool-side structures with a combined square footage of 235. Designed to provide a private house with seating areas, shading, dining space, and a changing room with a shower, the structures are composed of a laminated veneer lumber moment frame, and clad in cedar tongue-and-groove boards. Open in the summer—with the option for a canopy to be strung between them—the Lanterns are closed in the winter with panels that feature a cedar lattice over extruded polycarbonate. The Lanterns were built as prefab structures to minimize construction disturbance. “It’s all about the detailing,” juror Donna Robertson said. “It’s a very elegant idea about creating an outdoor living room.” In praise of the strategy to use the enclosed Lanterns as landscape objects during the winter, Bill Valentine added, “They would be beautiful in the snow.”

Project Credits

Lanterns, Fairfield County, Conn.
Client Private Homeowners
Architect Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, Conn.—Alan Organschi, Lisa Gray (principals); Aaron Weller (project manager)
Landscape Architect Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Construction Manager Jig design+build
Structural Engineer Edward Stanley Engineers
Lighting SM Lighting Design
General Contractor Andy Fowler
Landscape Contractor Christensen Landscape Services
Size 235 square feet
Cost Withheld
Photography Bo Crockett