Location: Stamford, CT | Status: Design Development | Timespan: 2017-2018 | Scope: Greenhouse, teahouse and shed | Square feet: 1,500 | Budget: confidential
The architecture of this greenhouse in Stamford, CT is profoundly contextual. We want it to fit right into the estate and even more so, we think its style should provoke an uncovering of the layered history of the location it sits on. For this we looked at the history of New-England architecture and what traces there are to be found on the estate. We found that the existing structures are a blend of Victorian architecture and neo-colonial influences. We took both styles and had them inform the components of the greenhouse: the wood clad colonial shed and ornamental steel Victorian structure. However, as we are introducing a new layer of history to the site, we wanted it to have an unmistakable contemporary flavor as well.
Being a contemporary structure, we believe it should be modern and forward thinking in terms of building technique. A combination of solar panels and a wood fireplace for heating the structure makes this a zero emission building that could be completely self sufficient and off grid.