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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Water House in Coastal Connecticut by Newick Architects

January 18th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Newick Architects
Photographs: Robert Benson Photography

Located on an extraordinary coastal Connecticut site, this house sits at the edge of Long Island Sound. A four bedroom, simple plan, 1950’s ranch existed on the site when the project began. Its proximity to the water would not have been replicable if not for the existing condition. A sixty foot long window wall, eight feet high now offers an unobstructed view of the Sound. The colors and materials of the interior range from grey to white and have surface reflectivity that ranges from matte to reflective.


Water House Coastal Connecticut

  • Architect: Newick Architects
  • Name of Project: Water House
  • Location: Coastal Connecticut, United States
  • Software used: AutoCad and 3D Studio Max

The north entry side has few windows because of road traffic and privacy issues. To prevent excessive glare and create a habitable interior several large skylights were introduced on the landward side to help balance the intensity of the light bouncing off the Sound. Each of the skylights is unique based on where it occurs in the plan, but in general, the geometry of the shafts is attenuated in a way that means that sunlight rarely falls directly on surfaces below the ceiling. The light in the interior has a palpable quality—a softness—which is quite unusual. As the sun travels across the sky it enters the house from multiple directions. The interior is muted but sharp, connected to the sea but anchored to the land, horizontal but open vertically to the expanse from sky to sea.

Exterior View

The wood framed house has a stucco skin. The windows are Solarban 60 with clear anodized aluminum frames. The copings are titanium, and the decks and terraces are flamed granite. The floors are terrazzo, painted oak and plaster and the walls are painted gypsum and Venetian plaster. The kitchen cabinets are lacquer and the counters are solid surface resin. There is 2500 sq. ft. of living space plus the garage.


Exterior View

Interior View

Interior View

Interior View

Interior View


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