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Private Residence, Chilmark (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA)

Elemental Architecture

The 800 square foot, three bedroom summer house is sited in former farmland – a field surrounded by stone walls. Two twenty-foot squares, one with bedrooms and a bath and the other living/dining/kitchen and a half bath, straddle a third square, a half-roofed screened deck. A sliding panel opens one end of the living room square to the field while a second opens the other side to the screened deck creating a 20 by 40 foot pavilion. The plan of the house is based on a 48 inch module, marked by the exposed studs and joists. It provides basic shelter from the elements in a spatially sophisticated structure that offers a maximum sense of connection to the surrounding environment.