Site size: 1.7 acres
Project size: 2,600 sq. ft.
Program: Atop a high ridge in a densely wooded 'Outer Cape' area of Cape Cod, the architects designed a four-bedroom residence offering both long, unobstructed vistas and passive cooling from the breeze.
Location: The Cape Cod town of Truro
Solution: The house’s upside-down layout elevates common living spaces and the master bedroom on the upper level, with decks projecting out on the north and south sides. Guest rooms are located on the ground floor along with a media room and storage shed. The architects used extensive glazing and sliding glass doors to open the interiors to the surrounding natural environment. The building’s elongated gabled roof and exposed wood structure evoke both a boathouse in its form and spaciousness.
Construction and materials: The wood-post and beam structure includes wood cabinets, exposed roof rafters, and wood decks. Photovoltaic solar panels cover a portion of the standing seam, lead-coated metal roof.
19 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Completion date: August 2014
Client/Owner: Loren Shure
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Don DiRocco, Project Associate
Consultant(s): Peter Vanderwarker
Landscape: Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architects, Boston, MA
General contractor: A.F. Hultin & Co, Truro, MA
Photographer(s): Peter Vanderwarker
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Solid surfacing: Corian