Worrell Yeung balances cascading cantilevers for Connecticut lake home

Brooklyn studio Worrell Yeung designed a timber-clad lake home with cantilevered roof planes that cascade down s sloped close to Connecticut’s Candlewood Lake.

Worrell Yeung accomplished the 4,900-square-foot (455-square metre) getaway in 2021, changing a small cottage beforehand on the positioning with a spacious home that makes use of the hillside to decrease its mass.

The home has concrete cantilevered roof planes

“A part of the purpose of the undertaking was to attenuate the home’s presence and perceived dimension from the road,” mentioned principal Jejon Yeung. “We ended up layering planes and stacking volumes to interrupt up the mass of the home because it cascades down the hill.”

The home is oriented round a big oak tree and makes use of a site-cast concrete construction to cantilever roof planes in a number of instructions, creating tiered out of doors terraces that present photo voltaic shade to the glazing under.

Exterior of a timber-clad house by Worrell Yeung with cantilevered roof planes and terraces
The prolonged roof planes create tiered terraces

“Utilizing its non-contiguous load bearing factors, we have been in a position to shift and cantilever the second ground quantity, opening up half of the primary ground roof for gardens and occupiable out of doors deck area,” mentioned principal Max Worrell.

The house connects to the earth with native limestone base partitions and bluestone pavers that reference the world’s rock outcroppings, whereas the reside inexperienced roof permits the house to mix into the treetops.

Timber cladding over glazing on a house with a front garden
The outside partitions have been clad in pine wooden

The concrete construction is hid with thermally handled wooden rain screens in several tones and orientations – a collaboration with Pennsylvania-based reSawn Timber – that have been pre-weathered for low upkeep and longevity.

The facade partitions are clad in pine with customized profile planks, whereas the roof planes and soffits are charred cypress.

“Working with reSawn, we got here up with many customized patterns and profiles that give the facade some refined richness and distinctive visible depth,” Worrell advised Dezeen.

“Massive 10-foot tall stable wooden slats keep visibility alongside the glazed floating staircase, whereas additionally offering privateness screening from indirect angles.”

Exterior view of a chair at a corner window overlooking a lake
Massive home windows overlook the lake

The wood-clad types give technique to uninterrupted, floor-to-ceiling glass openings that permit the interiors to hook up with the lake.

The 2 sides of the home are related by an entry courtyard that holds a decorative Japanese maple and serves as a centre level.

“We by no means need to absolutely give away the view upon instantly getting into any house or residence, however as an alternative conceal and reveal,” Yeung mentioned.

The courtyard “separates and organizes the format each horizontally and vertically, but in addition supplies dynamic layering of rooms and views wanting externally from the interiors and in addition internally from the outside areas,” Worrell mentioned.

A maple tree in a small courtyard between a glazed and timber-glad sides of a house
A courtyard connects two sides of the home

On the principle degree, the non-public north facet of the home holds two bedrooms and two loos, whereas the general public south facet incorporates the open lounge, eating room and kitchen, which centre round a customized gray marble hearth.

A floating cantilevered stair rises to the first suite with nook glazing, a examine, terrace and roof backyard above and descends to a household room, wine cellar, storage and companies areas which can be submerged within the lake degree of the home.

Living space furnished with a sofa, chair and floor lamp in front of a large corner window overlooking a tree
Oak flooring was included

The clear, white interiors are bolstered by heat, natural supplies that “supply a up to date translation of the encompassing panorama,” the crew mentioned.

“Oak flooring, walnut cupboards and paneling, quartzite counter tops reference the rocky shore, wooded knolls, and deep gray-blue water, accentuating the continuity between inside and outdoors.”

The loos are highlighted by Carrara marble mosaic tiles and blue de savoie marble slabs that line the walnut-trimmed tub and bathe.

Interior of a kitchen with walnut cabinets and quartzite worktops
The kitchen was completed with walnut cupboards and quartzite worktops

The inexperienced roof helps regulate the house’s temperature and permits rain run-off to divert right into a passive detention backyard.

A serpentine path directs folks all the way down to the lake by means of a lush panorama that was “revegetated and stabilized with native vegetation,” Yeung mentioned.

Worrell Yeung’s clear strains and low-profile signature will be seen in many homes and residences throughout the Tri-State space together with a minimalist black barn in Upstate New York and the restoration of a Seventies Charles Gwathmey home within the Hamptons.

The images is by Naho Kubota.

Mission credit:

Design: Worrell Yeung — Jejon Yeung, AIA LEED AP / Max Worrell, AIA / Yunchao Le / Bryan Cordova
Structural: Silman
Civil: AKRF
Panorama: Let It Develop
Contractor: New Line Buildings