This one-bedroom main house and adjacent guest house are located on a steep, densely wooded, 16-acre site in the Berkshires. To navigate the difficult topography, the Cambridge, Mass.–based architects designed a 200-foot-long retaining wall, made out of board-formed concrete, to help create a level field for a garden and the two structures. The wood-clad, steel-framed, 6,400-square-foot main house sports a cantilevered deck that projects into the treetops to maximize views?but the exposed steel beams felt heavy and unresolved to the jury. Milled aluminum L-sections are used as detailing on the façade, and serve both as sunshades, and a means of framing the entry. Overall, the choice of materials, the program, and the level of craft suggested to juror Sheila Kennedy that “there’s a talented team there.”
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Project Red Rock House, Red Rock, N.Y. Client Stephen Montifiore and Victoria DiNardo
Architect Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge, Mass.—Nick Winton, AIA, Alex Anmahian, AIA (principals); Makoto Abe (project architect); Sydney Thiel, Mazen Sakr (design team)
Contractor Lou Boxer Builder
Structural Engineer RSE Associates
Landscape Architect Reed Hilderbrand
Photographer Jane Messinger
Size 6,400 square feet
Cost $2.7 million