Pella Windows & Doors
Woburn | Wellesley | Hanover | Haverhill
Concord | Newington | Scarborough
Pella® Architect Series® Reserve™ windows and patio
doors evoke the craftsmanship of previous generations.
But it’s today’s conveniences and your unique vision
that can turn traditional into timeless. We’d call
this new offering a modern-day classic.
EXPLORE ARCHITECT SERIES | THE COLLECTION
she says). With the exception of some Douglas fir structural beams, all the wood used here
was sourced at Walden.
Other sustainable strategies included
natural ventilation, triple window glazing,
generous roof overhangs, and superinsulation.
But the real challenge was siting the building
to sit lightly on the land without compromising the facility’s need to handle the increasing influx of visitors. Thompson resisted the
temptation to “mimic the narrative form” of
Thoreau’s cabin and instead designed a contemporary work of architecture.
Thompson is also trained as a land-
scape architect, and at Walden Pond she
worked with her Harvard mentor, Michael
Van Valkenburgh, and his landscape design
firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New
York City. “The biggest challenge,” says Chris
Matthews, associate principal at Van Valken-
burgh, “was to accommodate the huge num-
ber of visitors looking for a good time at the
beach while respecting those who come for a
This involved manipulating the site itself
to enhance the connection between preserving
;;; ;;;;;;;;;;; ;;;; room rises up to meet
the view toward the pond. The large windows
admit natural light, saving on the need for
artificial illumination. Operable sliding
doors open the room to breezes.