The Spiral House is an above-ground coastal dream home designed by architects Joeb Moore + Partners. The house lays on the gentle coast of Lower Fairfield County in Connecticut and features breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The architects took on the challenge of building a structure that complied, and complimented, the local FEMA and flood regulation zone rules. The solid concrete structure keeps the house safe from the occasional storm, while the large windows and cedar panels provide ocean-side views for the calmer nights.
"Situated along the Connecticut shoreline of Long Island Sound, the Spiral House seeks to engage, enhance and reflect the surrounding coastal climate and its atmospherics of light, air, water."
"Conceptually, the house is the resultant form and operation of an interface and tension between two systems of geometry. Through a overlapping system of spatial and geometric progression, growth, and interference the social-spatial roles of public and private, interior and exterior, house and landscape are intimately connected and entwined, and yet are also left curiously open-ended and indeterminate much like the water itself."
"We selected cedar wood siding (to respond and innovate upon the cedar-wood shingle and clapboard houses in the surrounding neighborhood), large panel glass window/door systems to promote extraordinary views of Long Island Sound and concrete because if its durability and strength to resist the coastal New England storm surges. The contrast between the spiral wood structure, its vertical wood-fin skin, against the concrete plinth and ramp, and the 11' tall transparent/reflective glass curtain wall system combine to produce a rich and complex range of shifting perceptual effects that again mirror and re-present the house within the context of the coastal surroundings and atmosphere."
"An example of this strategy at the micro-tectonic level, where we blur the perceptual boundary between building and environment, is the vertical cedar batten/louver system designed for the skin of the wood structure of the building. [The] technique [exists] to accentuate and amplify the temporal, diaphanous, "moray" effects of sky, water, and building to produce both literal and phenomenological transparency."
"It is an extraordinary and constantly changing experience on the site, a spatial-temporal collide-a-scope that has its center in the house itself. Just as the collision of waves creates an interference pattern, one key node within the project interjects a disruption into the flow of the spiral—the interior bridge that links the two different floors heights upstairs. The relationship of the bridge to the interior stairway and exterior courtyard conveys the performative nature of the spiral as a vortex and the interface and tension between two systems of geometry, one projective and linear and the other, radial and dynamic."