Boston practice Peter Rose + Partners has recently completed the Island Residence, a summer vacation home situated among dense woods on the island of Chappaquiddick near Edgartown, Massachusetts. Say the architects: "The house is part of a collection of environmentâ€ and landscapeâ€centric interventions that blur the boundaries between structures and landscape, and between inside and outside."
Sustainabilty strategies inform the overall design of the home. The house is low to the ground, clad in sealed, unpainted wood to naturally weather to recede over time into the surrounding landscape. Where the facÌ§ade lacks wood, it contains large glass windows that can be opened completely, allowing the ocean breezes to sweep into the house. The residence’s southern exposure floods the interior with natural light, maximizing solar heat gain and minimizing electrical consumption, while green roofs – covered in natural sea grasses – provide greater thermal performance and roof insulation, improve air quality and biodiversity, manage rainwater, and reduce noise.
Photos: Matthew Snyder