Arnold Karp of Karp Associates, Inc. of New Canaan, and Sabrina Weisberger Foulke, AIA of Point One Architects + Planning, LLC, of Old Lyme, received Honorable Mention at the 2012 Alice Washburn Awards for their collaboration on the Woodland Pavilion Project.
The Alice Washburn House Award is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Connecticut, which serves the architectural profession by encouraging excellence in design, and working to improve society through a concern for the quality of both the built and natural environments. This prestigious award program annually honors traditional Connecticut residential architecture in both houses and accessory buildings.
Led by architect Foulke, the Woodland Pavilion project, an addition to an existing private residence in Stamford, challenged the collaboration to add a self-contained guest area and garage to a private residence, so that the addition would appear as though it were a part of the original structure. Sitting on 45 acres of woodland and wide-open fields, the original configuration of the house reflects serenity in its nature inspired design, and corresponds seamlessly with the Japanese pavilion-style addition.
"The challenge was to balance the current architecturally designed home situated on a beautiful site with a new pavilion which felt as though it was always there," Foulke said. "Two other caveats included removing as few trees as possible and to ensure that the garage was not in view. This was achieved by designing a series of connectors to bring you to the Pavilion which is nestled in the woods."
The new space consists of a galley kitchen, bath, mudroom and storage walk-through, which effortlessly compliment the residence by incorporating design elements from the original home, such as the wood paneling and unique ceiling shape. In order to preserve the homeowner's view of the gorgeous landscape surrounding the property, the pavilion was designed with walls of paneled glass so that one feels as if they are sitting outside. The translucent panels not only allow for natural sunlight, but also create an illusion from the external viewpoint, allowing sights of the serene wooded landscape through the new addition.
To maintain the natural appearance of the residence, all of the materials and color palettes create a lasting fusion between the man-made structure and the natural world surrounding it. When possible, green or sustainable components were incorporated.
"Karp Associates Inc. enjoys the opportunity to collaborate on projects that are distinctive, unique and where time and budget are important factors," Karp, founder of Karp Associates, Inc., said.
Karp has specialized in renovation, custom home building, consulting and construction management for more than 20 years.