Jule Pond's architectural siting was derived from an early collaboration between the Landscape Architect and Architect. The dichotomy of natural and built intertwine to create a site that is both environmentally sound and aesthetically innovative.
In this floodplain setting of a vacant farm field, development had to be critically sensitive to the site’s high-water table and proximity to a freshwater pond. FEMA required the new house be raised more than ten feet above existing grade. To root the house into the land, adjacent grades were significantly raised, protecting the building from future storms, resulting in a dramatic sculptural-like composition. Drawing inspiration from the graphic motifs of the architectural façade, the design team extended these gestures throughout the landscape. The entryway is enhanced by a series of steps that echo a “bar-code” like system of fins used by the architect, known as ‘brise-soleil’, juxtaposed against a native maritime meadow.
The treatment of the landscape focused on the mitigation of poor farm soils to serve as a model for local redevelopment of waterfront agricultural land. The goal became one of restoring and nurturing the site’s natural habitat. A broad buffer of native shrubs and grasses were planted between the house and the pond to act as a filter for storm water runoff and protect the pond’s sensitive ecosystem.
A sunken terrace and fire pit create a gathering space that overlooks the adjacent farm fields, connecting to the site's agricultural heritage. The vanishing-edge swimming pool was placed to the side of the house to leave the vista uninterrupted and the rolling maritime meadow enhances the rolling landscape.
This project exemplifies contemporary design while honoring the site's agrarian roots and environmental context. Jule Pond finds synergy at the intersection of sensitive development and innovative design.