Berkshire Pond House

Lead DesignerDavid J. Weiner
Prize(s)3rd Place in Architecture Categories / New Residential Building
Entry Description

This project is a response to a client’s desire to build a new family weekend house on a densely wooded sloping site with stunning views overlooking a beautiful pond and the Berkshire Hills beyond. The house is approximately 5,000 sq. ft. and conceived as a folded volumetric “sheet” enclosure that wraps and folds into itself to form and define the major interior spaces, and ties the house with the landscape.

Green features include a closed loop geothermal heating and cooling system, solar collectors to supplement the grid system, closed-cell sprayed foam high R-value insulation, the use of sustainable wood products, and selecting materials where possible that utilize some form of previously recycled material in the production process as a way of reducing energy cost and emissions. As much of the site as possible has been left undisturbed, and restored to natural growth for the preservation of the surrounding wetlands and wild