WHEN THE OWNERS OF THIS HOME approached Wadia about designing a house for them on a parcel of land they had purchased overlooking Long Island Sound, one of their chief concerns was that it would provide them with an appropriate venue to display the collection of Asian art and collectibles they had accumulated during their lengthy stay in Japan. Ultimately, its size and anticipated importance in the interior design of the home left little doubt that this Asian influence should be referenced in the final design of the house.
Reflecting this influence, the house was designed to exude an air of intimacy. The hipped roofs and single story rooms projecting from the front façade were a deliberate attempt to manipulate the scale of the house. Reminiscent of a pavilion with a cluster of linking structures, the house is built from Mankato Kasota stone from Minnesota, a cream-colored limestone with a cleft face that provides an element of depth and texture to the exterior of the house. Clay tiles for the roof complement the texture and color of the stone, while Indiana limestone offers an appealing contrast for decorative accents.
The rooms in the rear of the house were designed to take full advantage of the water view. A series of French doors topped with transoms open out to the rear terrace, a magnificently crafted space that extends the house into the lovely setting beyond. Balustrades carved from limestone and extra wide steps leading to the formal garden lend a wonderful sense of luxury to the rear façade of the house.
Inside, the owners’ art and collectibles are displayed in numerous niches carved into the walls and door openings. The interiors of all the rooms, most of which were decorated by Wadia’s design team, feature a subtle elegance designed to complement the impressive display and highlight the beautiful view. Intricate plasterwork adorns many of the walls and ceilings, and much of the furniture was custom designed. The stair hall is highlighted by a dramatic domed ceiling, which is illuminated by a cupola and ornamented with a custom designed staircase fashioned from a combination of gunmetal, bronze and mahogany. The overall effect is one of lightness and delicacy in a nod to the Asian influence that inspired the design.