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Inside Jay Walker’s Hillside Connecticut Estate with Spectacular 3,500 Sq. Ft. Library (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Inside Jay Walker’s Hillside Connecticut Estate with Spectacular 3,500 Sq. Ft. Library (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Inside Jay Walker’s Hillside Connecticut Estate with Spectacular 3,500 Sq. Ft. Library (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
September 01
20:09 2018


Inside Jay Walker’s Hillside Connecticut Estate with Spectacular 3,500 Sq. Ft. Library

Ridgefield, Connecticut, United States

Set on a man-made plateau on a steeply sloped nine acre estate in Ridgefield, Connecticut is the home of Jay Walker, American inventor, entrepreneur, founder of Priceline.com and chairman of Walker Digital. The sprawling residence was designed by renowned architectural firm Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA who drew inspiration from designs by English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. While every square foot of the English-style home was designed with precision, it’s the remarkable 3,500 square foot library that sets this project apart from all the others. The three-storey space, called the Library of Human Imagination, holds 38,000 books, significant historical artifacts, a 1957 Russian Sputnik and a rare Anastatic Declaration of Independence. Architectural firm Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA had this to say about the library, “Embodying the overall theme of the power of imagination, the seemingly floating platforms, stairwells, intertwining hallways and labyrinths were designed to create a library that feels like an M.C. Escher print.  The room is brought to life by glass panels that line the circulation paths. Etched with historic scenes representing achievements in human intellect, the panels are illuminated with color-changing fiber optics synchronized to a musical soundtrack.”The property has been featured in numerous publications, including Wired Magazine and Celebrated Living. An article from 2008 on Wired.com revealed that the monumental chandelier, which served as the focal point of the top floor, is from the 2002 James Bond Film Die Another Die.  Wired.com also reported that when Jay and architect Mark Finlay were planning the space, they built a 7 foot long model and then used miniature cameras to help visualize what it would look like to be inside. While the library is not open to the general public, Walker does occasionally invite a select few to marvel at his collection. It’s reported schoolchildren are often invited on field trips to the library. Photography by Andrew Moore, Nancy Hill, Steve Turner, Caryn B. Davis, Mark P. Finlay Architects

 

 

 

 



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