Inspired by the classic modernism of New England, particularly the work of the Harvard Five, this simple guest pavilion is designed to take in views of a pond on the eight-acre property. A muted gray brick façade greets visitors with overlapping planes that create an intriguing oblique entrance. Inside, the expansive view is revealed through floor-to-ceiling sliding window walls with ultra-thin profiles. The open kitchen and living area is ideal for entertaining. The interiors are kept deliberately spare with rich, precisely detailed materials, including walnut panels on all the walls, white statuary marble in the kitchen and fireplaces, and roman travertine in the master bathroom. Furnishings are similarly understated classic modern pieces.
A dark metal trellis extends from the roof to provide protective shade and creates an outdoor room that runs the length of the house. An intimate garden flanks the side of the bedroom and a small lap pool reaches toward the pond.
The pavilion sits lightly on the land, engulfed in the sublime beauty of its surroundings.Deborah Berke, Founding Principal
Architect, Interior Designer
Hanington Engineering Consultants
McChord Engineering Associates, Inc.
Kuczo Tree and Lawn Care
PHT Lighting Design Inc
The American Architecture Award
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, 2023