Little Compton Residence - Dan Buscescu Architect

Rachel Newton was the Associate Designer teaming with Dan Buscescu for the Little Compton Residence. This project began as a renovation and became a reconstruction. Situated on Brigg's Marsh with an expanse of reeds and heather, the original house was built in 1963. Due to an unsalvageable structure, all that remained of the original house was the foundation, memories, and a folly - a stair circulating around a chimney.

The client wished to de-compartmentalize the plan and enlarge the footprint at the east end while maintaining the modernist horizontality. The proposed design enhances the dialogue between the interior and exterior through the use of light, views, space and tones.

The entry and circulation are the anchors, vertically rising above and between the two existing horizontal bands that define the L-shaped plan. In a soft palette of whites, greys and bleached cedar and oak, the framed views of the original house are captured including a view of the original exterior stair from the new mirroring interior spiraling stair.

Contractor: Messier Construction RRM, Inc.
Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles.
Interior Spiral Stair
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The spiraling stair within the stair tower. Duratherm windows and doors Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
“Fluid” — Nick Groom
Bedroom Exterior Deck
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Views from the rooms and exterior deck are directed towards the water. Spanish ceder sheathes the exterior. Duratherm windows and doors Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
East Elevation - Exterior Spaces and Interior Views
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A series of transitional spaces align with the windows for a clear interior perspective. Spanish cedar sheathes the exterior. Duratherm windows and doors Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
Entry Exterior
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A view of the illuminated stair tower from the entry facade. A new corridor projects beyond the original house's envelope. It is sheathed in Kalwall. The entry door stands below. Duratherm windows and doors Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
“Oriental style walls” — BCT3D
Stair Tower
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The original stair that swoops across the original chimney remains. The new house is reconstructed around it. The original stair is echoed inside at the new spiraling stair. Duratherm windows an doors. Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
“windows” — fzburns
Bathroom
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The neutral material palette continues within the bathroom where limestone is the primary material. Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
Kitchen
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A modest kitchen hides the pantry behind. Carrara marble at the counters. Custom white oak cabinetry. Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
“Cabinets same as floor” — cheriecohen
South Elevation
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The original 1960's modern house mirrors this new reconstruction. The south elevation leads across the meadow to the water. Spanish cedar sheathes the exterior. Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
Interior Spiral Stair
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An interior spiral stair with the tower. A neutral palette of white oak, whites and grays is used. Duratherm windows and doors Architectural Photography by Frederick Charles
“staircase” — suehbotha
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