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Pamet Harbor Void House // Maryann Thompson Architects

Truro, MA, United States

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This 3000 SF home sits on a hill surrounded by native meadow shrubs, grasses and conifers. The design scheme takes advantage of southern exposure by opening all the living spaces to southern decks protected by overhangs, mahogany louvers and galvanized steel trellises which create a layered presence on this sloped site and soften the edge of the house against the meadow.

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© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

The site strategy reduced the impact on the site by reusing the existing foundation of the original house that occupied the site, only expanding the footprint on the northeast to add the master bedroom in a more private corner of the site, while preserving the cedar and juniper trees around it, and adding a guest studio over part of the original driveway.

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© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

The design also added a second floor with two roof decks to maximize the views of Pamet Harbor and Cape Cod Bay, connected by external galvanized steel stairs that further the layered reading of the structure. The plan is divided between two volumes in weathered cedar siding. The main house contains the primary living spaces and bedrooms.

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© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

A small studio with bedroom, kitchenette and living space occupy the second volume. A south facing Ipe deck with cedar and galvanized steel trellis connects the volumes and extends the living areas to the outdoors. In the main house, ten-foot ceilings and abundant glazing take advantage of southern light in the winter, while mahogany louvers and large overhangs shade the main living spaces in the summer, when operable clerestory windows create “stack effect” drawing air through the house and increasing cross ventilation.

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© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

© Maryann Thompson Architects

The uppermost roof deck is hidden behind overhangs and trellises that allow panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the bay while providing privacy from the street and maintaining the integrity of the form and roof lines.Photo Credits:Chuck Choi Architectural Photography.

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