A young family with two growing boys called on us to design a vacation house at the edge of Acadia National Park. The brief required four to five bedrooms and three baths. We were encouraged to embrace a modest expression worthy of the site and to make a structure that would sit lightly on the ground. 

The solution comprises a simple "L shaped" plan m Ade up of two structures separated by a breezeway. One volume is winterized and capable of accommodating the entire family for colder seasons, the second is a sleeping wing for summer use. The primary structure is a sloped volume, low, open-end horizontal at the water side, rising to a vertical and solid expression on the eastern mountain side of the house. 

 

 

ARCHITECT: Matthew Baird FAIA, Matthew Baird Architect, PLLC, ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT IN CHARGE: María Milans del Bosch COAM

Drawings © Matthew Baird Architect, PLLC & Photography © Elizabeth Felicella/Esto

 

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