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House on the Thorofare // Elliott Architects

ME, United States

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This project stems from a desire to understand and work within the context of site conditions and constraints, both externally applied and self-imposed. There were setbacks and view easements driven by local ordinances, a beautifully cross-grained terrain, site textures – meadow, woods, ledge – and excellent views. Adjacent to a busy local navigation channel, there is always a flurry of activity from which the site affords an extraordinary vantage point.

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© Trent Bell Photography

© Trent Bell Photography

© Trent Bell Photography

When the owners purchased the property, there was an arrangement of buildings that had begun to define different spaces and bridge the site in intriguing ways, something the owners and the design team wanted to refine and amplify. One end of the new house tucks into the edge of the woods creating a secluded feel in the more private parts of the house.

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© Trent Bell Photography

© Trent Bell Photography

© Trent Bell Photography

In contrast, the main public spaces cantilever into the view and open out adjacent to the exposed granite ledge below. The volumes knit into the landscape by the granite block site walls and gardens.General Contractor: Jon D. Woodward & SonsLandscape Architect: Richardson & AssociatesStructural Engineer: Becker StructuralLighting Design: Peter Knuppel Lighting 2020 – Honor Award, AIA Maine.

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© Trent Bell Photography

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© Trent Bell Photography

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