A Light Touch on the Landscape
With the distant Camden Hills as a backdrop, Penobscot Bay spreads nearly 40 miles long and 15 miles wide, scattered with over 200 islands. In between these extraordinary islands, which include Isle au Haut, Deer Isle, Vinalhaven, and Islesboro, lie placid stretches of open water favorable for sailing, kayaking, and ﬁshing. Along the rocky coastline one can ﬁnd bustling ﬁshing ports, quaint villages, and uninhabited coves with natural allure.
Working closely with their client, the architects intentionally stretched the spaces of the home side by side along the hillside site’s elevated and southwesterly facing view. The resulting long and narrow layout affords each room a view of the sparkling archipelago below. The single-loaded, narrow arrangement of the ﬂoor plan naturally provides each space with an abundance of natural light, plenty of ventilation, and a more immediate connection to the outdoors.
With straightforward architectural clarity, the glassy entrance to the home divides the private bedroom wing from the wing with the kitchen, dining and living rooms, and screened porch. It also serves as the springboard from which these spaces stretch out toward the expansive view and delicately ﬂoat on piers above the fern-strewn forest ﬂoor.
Architect: Whitten Architects
Design Team: Will Fellis & Russ Tyson Builder: Jon D. Woodward & Sons
Construction start: Summer 2019
Construction complete: Summer 2020