Arbor House
Chilmark, MA
Inspired by seine fishing nets, this 800-square-foot house has two billowing, connected volumes: one contains a master bedroom and the other supports living space. Curving in section and in plan, the fir-framed structure has an interlocking copper paneled roof, reminiscent of scales. Granite posts act as an organizing element, providing a framework to “collect" the architectural pieces. Elements of the island's boat-building tradition are hinted at with interiors that nod to ship cabins and custom, plug-in furniture. Two ornamental watch towers complete the site, further anchoring the house to the land. Overhangs, glazing, and a tight envelope were carefully calibrated to create passive heating and cooling.