In 2010 I commissioned Will Winkelman (architect) and Todd Richardson (landscape architect) to design a studio and residence in Downeast coastal Maine. Construction by Nate Holyoke Builders began in 2011 and was completed in 2012.
The goal of the project was to create an artist residence/studio that is both harmoniously integrated into the landscape and has a high standard of energy performance. It incorporates passive solar design, a tight and super-insulated building envelope, geothermal heating (vertical closed-loop), and energy-efficient appliances and lighting. A grid-tied photovoltaic array provides electrical power that results in annualized "net-zero" energy usage.
And blueberries grow on the roof.
This intensely collaborative project won a 2013 Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and a 2014 Citation from the Maine chapter of the American Insititute of Architects.
Here's what the press have had to say:
- "Sounds of Silence", by Nathaniel Reade, photography by Trent Bell (New England Home, July 2015)
- "Maine Attraction", by Justin Ellis, photography by Trent Bell (Dwell, July 2014)
- "Honoring Architecture: The winners of the 2014 AIA Maine Design Awards", by Rebecca Falzano (Maine Home + Design, June 2014)
- "Works of Architecture", by Rebecca Falzano (Maine Home + Design, December 2014)