design et al are delighted to announce that Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC have been shortlisted for a Overall Development Global in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2016
To celebrate New England architecture’s history, the objective of the project was to use historically motivated architecture to create a new home that looks as though it has stood the test of time, rooted in its site and appropriate in scale with its surroundings.
The gambrel architecture was a natural choice along the coastline, partly due to the 26’ height restriction but also allows the maximum square footage on the second floor while maintaining a lower building height, thus reducing the potential over massing in scale. Uniformly designed in the gambrel shingle style, the grand seaside residence is intimate in scale and is organized by the implied symmetry that celebrates the long views to the water.The past is echoed through the use of traditional materials including weathered cedar shingles, stone veneered foundations and chimneys, and New England bluestone terraces and fieldstone walls. Equally as significant are the additions of a widow’s walk and over sailing eaves despite the advancements in technology. They serve to aesthetically enhance the architectural language and to pay tribute to celebrate the past.Similarly, despite the significant advancements in energy efficiency over the past few decades, the windows are historically accurate with muntins separating the double panes, adorned with a traditional framework of mullions, and thick historic sills.