Architecture Design of Maine Coast House
Description About The Project
Maine Coast House designed by Marcus Gleysteen Architects is stunning sculptural home that juxtaposes rather than conforms to the landscape. Indeed, inspired from informal harborside structures found along the coast, the volume of this home divided into small parts to fit naturally into the rocky setting.
A key goal of the siting was to take advantage of the entire landscape, including a garden on the landward side. This area is protected from ocean winds and collects afternoon sun, creating a relaxing, sheltered environment in contrast to the rawness of the wilder surrounding coast. Also, the exterior manifests the inherent practicality of northern coastal villages. These simple buildings hold their own against the overwhelming capacity of the tides and weather.
By dividing its volume into segments, Maine Coast House maintains a manageable scale that integrates easily into the surrounding vernacular. All daily activities take place on the main floor, along a line parallel to the sea. Anchored by a fireplace at one end and the main bedroom at the other, the interior is arranged as a series of intimate, usable spaces that nonetheless feel generous and airy. Guest spaces are elevated and situated perpendicular to the sea. As a result, it is a comfortable home to magically expands for family.
The Architecture Design Project Information:
- Project Name: Maine Coast House
- Location: Kennebunkport, United States
- Project Year: 2019
- Area: 4500 ft²
- Designed by: Marcus Gleysteen Architects
The Maine Coast House Gallery:
Text by the Architects: Set between saltmarshes and bedrock beach, Maine Coast House is a multigenerational residence for a retired couple with grown children. The original brief asked for a sculptural home that juxtaposes rather than conforms to the landscape. The design direction ultimately evolved from the former into the latter. Taking inspiration from informal harborside structures found along the coast, the volume of Maine Coast House is carefully broken into parts that fit naturally into the rocky setting.
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