Residence at Five Fields


This new residence was designed to fit into the existing historic community of Five Fields developed in the 1950’s by The Architects Collaborative of Cambridge who followed the land use and design philosophies of famed architect Walter Gropius.

The buildings are stepped and clustered to provide exterior rooms, which are extensions of the interior space. This stepping conceals the massing from the street and provides constant and varied views of the carved circle man-made landscape plan as well as the natural woods, ivy and boulders beyond. Natural settings have been preserved and it is a country escape in proximity to the city.With subtle sophistication, architect Ben Olson has created an International style residence that elevates architecture to art form. Inspired design integrates the out-of-doors with all interior living spaces. Light floods the entire house and every room enjoys a view.On the first level public rooms have glass walls opening to a patio or deck, which overlooks exquisite grounds. Further enhancements include maple flooring, pocket doors, two fireplaces, and light from a 20-foot wide clerestory. Spaces are ideal for entertaining and uninterrupted wall surfaces invite artwork.

Featured in the splendid kitchen are custom quarter sawn ash cabinetry and Indian granite countertops. The building’s exterior materials feature vertical boards stained “Gropius grey” and standing seam copper roof forms. Unparalleled craftsmanship and materials that are detailed with Scandinavian simplicity can be found throughout the home.

Diesenhouse, Susan, Like a live-in sculpture,
The Boston Sunday Globe, July 6, 2003