View from entry drive.
Courtesy NADAAA View from entry drive.


Intended as a research retreat for the biomedical field, this complex in New Hampshire is designed as a place of peace and introspection. To that end, each of the rooms is carefully oriented to capture panoramic views of the White Mountains and the surrounding landscape. The three bedroom suites, as well as the shared living, dining, and work areas, are all organized in an elliptical plan centered around an open-air interior courtyard. The wood-framed structure will be clad in a system of tongue-and-groove white cedar slats that run vertically from grade to the roofline—this material will be carried through as louvers, fencing, and wall and ceiling cladding as well, throughout the interior and exterior, to allow the sweeping form of the ovoid house and the ceiling vaults to serve as the primary design language of the structure. “I think this is a very strong project,” juror Joel Sanders said. “It’s about ideas of domesticity, it’s about the site, and it’s about someone exploring formal experimentation.” Fellow juror Josh Shelton agreed, noting that the project showed evidence of “someone investigating an idea on all fronts, and I think that's what you hope built work would aspire to.”

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Exterior rendering.
Courtesy NADAAA Exterior rendering.
View from covered entry.
Courtesy NADAAA View from covered entry.
Interior rendering.
Courtesy NADAAA Interior rendering.
Courtesy NADAAA Courtyard.
Interior rendering.
Courtesy NADAAA Interior rendering.
Indoor / outdoor room.
Courtesy NADAAA Indoor / outdoor room.


Site plan.
Courtesy NADAAA Site plan.
Exploded axonometric of vault.
Courtesy NADAAA Exploded axonometric of vault.
Plan diagram.
Courtesy NADAAA Plan diagram.
Courtesy NADAAA Plan.

Project Credits

Project  New Hampshire Retreat, Bethlehem, N.H.
Architect  NADAAA , Boston—Nader Tehrani
Project Size  7,100 square feet