Eric J Smith cantilevers Writer's Studio over forested hillside in Connecticut - architecture and design

Eric J Smith cantilevers Writer's Studio over forested hillside in Connecticut



American architect Eric J Smith has used stone, oak and glass in this poet's writing studio, to "reinforce its sense of belonging" in the Connecticut woods.
Located on a wooded property in Connecticut town Greenwich, Writer's Studio was built for retired banker John Barr, who served as a longtime president of the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. A bard himself, the client has published several books of poetry.

In response, the team created a "deeply meditative environment" that provides an escape from modern life. Rectangular in plan, the 650-square-foot (60-square-metre) building partly cantilevers over a rocky hillside, which slopes down toward a narrow ravine.
The architect clad exterior walls in fieldstone and bluestone with the aim to blend the structure with the natural terrain. The irregular, rocky pieces are assembled in a way that evokes a dry-stacked stone wall ? a common feature in historic New England.
The room is lightly furnished with wooden decor, including vintage pieces by the Californian woodworker Sam Maloof. Glazed walls bring in daylight while enabling the client to feel immersed in the serene, forested landscape.
It is not uncommon to see wildlife passing by the window.
"It's virtually impossible not to feel a deep sense of peace sitting at the simple desk along a 16-foot window wall," the architect said.
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