design et al are delighted to announce that Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC have been shortlisted for a Residential £5 Million Plus (Project By Value) Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2016
The Coastal New England Harbour House is located on the historic island of Martha’s Vineyard, high on a hill with beautiful views overlooking Edgartown Harbour.
The interior finishes recall the grand shingle style homes of the turn of the last century, yet live in a more casual way as people wish to celebrate island life today. This is evidenced particularly by the extensive use of full height millwork panelling and antique oak reclaimed flooring and panelling. Architectural elements – beadboard, traditional panelling, strongly cased door frames, and wide cased wooden beams – were used to introduce human scale. The water-facing façade of the home is bathed in unobscured daylight, which is made possible by fully glazed walls offering breathtaking views to the water. As the sun sets, chandeliers and pendants provide intimate and warm light, while grounding the primary gathering spaces.
This house’s uninterrupted view of the ocean and circulation pattern sets the tone for the house to unfold. The home’s structure is balanced to allow the delineated primary spaces to unfold off of the spines of continuous enfilades, resulting in rooms that flow smoothly, one to the other. The ceiling’s cased beams throughout the home are aligned with the direction of the spines to guide one’s attention throughout the continuous spaces and create a calm sense of flow.