House on the Ledge
A long driveway leads to a meadow with views of the Camden hills, hemmed by a rocky coast. The coast wraps the site and creates a steep, sloping ledge. The house revolves around a circulation core, a sectional element around which the house was organized both aesthetically and functionally. The building's steel frame projects over its surroundings on an exposed concrete foundation, appearing weightless as the house floats over the site. The north facade is tightly screened from the elements and the driveway, while the south façade opens to the sun and views. The east and west façades stretch down the sloped site to the sea. The building’s complex form creates many different relationships with its surroundings and is best understood by moving in, on and through it.
General Contractor: John S. Altman Builders, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Becker Structural
Lighting Design: Peter Knuppel
Interior Design: Ayola Green
Steel/concrete: Atlantic Builder
Photography by Paul Warchol
2009 – Special Mention for Excellence in Architecture, AIA New England