House on a Pond
Inspired by local fishing shacks and wharf buildings dotting the coast of Maine, this re-imagined summer cottage interweaves large glazed openings with simple taut-skinned New England shingled cottage forms. The building’s form consists of three cottages linked by a series of decks. One perched over an existing salt pond and the remaining two resting on the pond's banks. The flanking cottages contain private sleeping quarters and frame views to the moss covered forest. This skin is incised to open views to the ocean beyond and relies on light steel framing and thin braces to preserve the simple forms eroded to open views to the ocean. The main ‘wharf’ cottage extends over pond below, its structural steel frame anchored to the pond’s granite basin and contains communal living spaces: the kitchen, dining, and living rooms.
General Contractor: Mike Temple, Inc.
Landscape Design: Richardson + Associates
Structural Engineer: Becker Structural
Lighting Design: Peter Knuppel
Interior Design: Gary Ruff Interiors
Photography by Tom Crane
2013 – Honor Award, North American Wood Design Awards
2013 – Grand Award, Custom Home Design Awards
2012 – Citation for Excellence in Architecture, AIA New England
2012 – People’s Choice Award, AIA Vermont
2012 – Honor Award, AIA Maine
2011 – New England Design Hall of Fame
2011 – Merit Award, Boston Society of Landscape Architects