Architect Visit: Deborah Berke in Litchfield County, Connecticut by

Issue 33 · Fish & Fowl · August 15, 2011

Architect Visit: Deborah Berke in Litchfield County, Connecticut

Issue 33 · Fish & Fowl · August 15, 2011

New York-based architect Deborah Berke (a Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory member) is known for designs that draw strength from simplicity; quietly complete in their self-assurance. "I am interested in an architecture so grounded in its site that it can be nowhere else," says Berke. In this 3,000-square-foot weekend retreat in Litchfield County, Connecticut, Berke's understated approach is on full display. To see more work, go to Deborah Berke and Partners.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: The main house, garage, and pool house are grouped to form a natural courtyard.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: The wood shingles are stained with Cabot’s solid Pewter Gray.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: The pure forms of the house and outbuildings, with their standing seam metal roofing, stained wood shingles, and vertical siding, refer to functional vernacular structures.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: The living room opens onto the double-height screened porch.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: Berke mixes traditional building materials (louvered shutters, shingles, french doors) with modern scale.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: Traditional shutters hinged at the top can be hooked to the ceiling when not in use.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: Rows of double-hung windows ensure that each room is flooded with light.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: A double-height screened porch separates the guest wing from the main house.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compount

Above: The pool is discreetly situated on an elevated grassy lawn, bordered by hand-built stone walls.

Deborah Berke Rabbit Hill Compound

Above: A view of the pool area from the screened changing pavilion. Photography by Catherine Tighe.



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