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Newton House


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  • Nader Tehrani
  • General Contractor: Derek Pelletier, Delta Design & Construction, Medford, Mass.
  • Structural Engineer: Pat Tiano, Richmond So Engineers, Watertown, Mass.
  • Mechanical Engineer: Sean Fennessey, Sun Engineering, Danvers, Mass.
  • Landscape Architect: Jessica Leete, Boston
  • Lighting Designer: Adam Kibbe, Collaborative Lighting, Concord, Mass.
  • John Horner

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940 sq. feet
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Project Description

Outbuilding / Merit
This pool house knows its place. Positioned along the property’s edge, the glassy western façade frames a viewing garden. But seen from the main house, the building is still and quiet, its thin cedar rainscreen slung like curtains. Nader Tehrani designed it as a series of filters and frames through which to enjoy the landscape.

The materials are about transparency and modernity, he says. “The wood graining is a contrast to the neo-Georgian main house and references the palette of flora in the garden.” The wall facing the house contains a simple routed cutout with a window behind it, so swimmers can see who’s coming, but those approaching can’t look in. Stainless steel cabling in front of the glass wall will eventually support a planted screen that also filters views from outside in. The judges applauded, calling the building simply beautiful. —Cheryl Weber, LEED AP
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