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terraced, framed, house

This award-winning 8,000 sf house in Belmont, MA is conceived as a series of horizontal planes that terrace along the edge of a south facing hill, creating an entry courtyard and opening up to surrounding views of the nature. Designed to romantically interact with the surrounding landscape, the house allows a stream to pass through it, it lets light enter through clerestory windows breaking down the boxiness of the enclosure, and it extends outdoor living spaces into nature.

The composite steel and wood structure is wrapped in thoughtfully crafted minimalist details and natural materials. The most challenging design aspect was detailing, fitting, attaching and coordinating the 180 custom mahogany windows and doors into the clean/tight design.

The house has a geothermal heating system, uses architectural elements to passively cool and heat the house, and uses reclaimed wood in its flooring.

This is a Maryann Thompson Architects project on which Ioana worked to develop the formal design and construction drawings, including the overall structural integrity (it has a steel structure because of the very many perforations to the building envelope), finishes and architectural details (including the coordination and detailing of all the 180 custom exterior windows and doors, the custom stairs and cabinetry, bathrooms, etc.); conducting lighting design, material and product research; finding subcontractors to do work that the general contractor was unable to do (such as the board formed concrete work); and conducting contract (“construction”) administration.

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DIMENSIONS
±11,000 sf: 6,500 sf enclosed habitable / 3,500 sf basement storage/cellar + garage / 1,050 sf rooftop decks

LOCATION
Belmont, MA

AWARDS
1. 2006 Citation for Residential Design, Geothermal House, Honor Awards for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
2. 2006 Design Citation, Geothermal House, Housing Design Awards, Boston Society of Architects

PUBLICATIONS
1. Paul Restuccia, “Green House Effect,” Boston Herald, October 2008.
2. Rachel Levitt, “Pushing the Eco Envelope.” Design New England, January/February 2007.
3. James Grayson Trulove, “Geothermal Residence,” New Sustainable Homes: Designs for Healthy Living, New York: Collins Design Press, 2006.
4. Kyle Martin and Nikki Mellado, “Geothermal House: Maryann Thompson Architects,” Inhabitat, September 27, 2006.
5. Ingrid Spencer, “A Geothermal House,” BusinessWeek Online, September 2006.
6. Ingrid Spencer, “Geothermal House,” House of the Month, Architectural Record, August 2006.
7. Robert Campbell, “In this Spacious House, You’re Always at One with Nature,” The Boston Globe, January 26, 2006.

CLIENT
Private

WORK/CREDITS
Maryann Thompson Architects, Cambridge, MA

Head Designer:
Maryann Thompson

Main Architectural Team:
Bill Pevear & Ioana Urma

3D Model:
Tom Murdough

Photography:
1. Chuck Choi
(Summer: 1-2, 4-6, 9L, 11L, 13L)
2. Stephen Lee
(Winter: 7-8, 10, 12L, 13R)
3. Ioana Urma
(Interior: 9R, 11R, 12R)

DATE
2001-2003