House on the Neck
The extraordinary diversity of this seaside location led to a desire for the building to engage all aspects of its environment. With a mature forest of oak, birch, and fir giving way to filtered views of Blue Hill Bay, the resulting house is able to both reflect and dissolve into the landscape, while maintaining its own formal integrity. This house juxtaposes the built object with its natural surroundings, reinforcing the beauty of each. Because of the narrow lot and close proximity of neighboring residences, the programmatic elements were divided into three volumes, arranged to focus views and create privacy. Utilizing the most basic archetypal form of shelter—the shed roof—these three volumes open to the south to gather light and remain closed and protected to the north. The public spaces fill the southern edge of the property and private spaces are housed in a two-story, relatively solid volume to the north.
General Contractor: BK Burgess Inc.
Structural Engineer: Becker Structural
Lighting Design: Peter Knuppel
Landscape Design: Burdick & Booher Landscape Architects
Photos by Rob Karosis and Brian Vanden Brink
2005 – Design Excellence Citation, AIA New England