This project started as a one-acre property in Darien CT overlooking the mouth of the Five Mile River. The existing structure was demolished and we began to explore the best possible position for the new home, determined by the angle that captured the best light and panoramic views of the water. The site was of particular interest to this client as they enjoyed the constant boat activity seen near the harbor. The property itself had interesting topography with large, exposed sections of stone ledge. Rather than blasting the property and starting over with a level parcel, we decided to take advantage of these layers to design the signature look of the new house. This can be seen from the approach to the front door where the proportion of scale appears very natural. Only by walking around back to the water side of the house can you comprehend the buildings’ mass. This house is approximately 11,000 s.f. and the wings of the home taper down together with the roof lines to help the building blend into its landscape. The goal of this project was to create a series of intimate rooms that tie together in a seamless yet modern way. An open floor plan accomplished this objective with beautiful finishing detail seen in the kitchen, family room, living room and library.