The owners of this small, 1940’s waterfront shack approached Studio Twenty Seven Architecture with a desire for renovations to improve the livability of their weekend getaway. The existing home was dank and in extremely poor condition. In addition, the shack did not take advantage of the available panoramic river views. Studio Twenty Seven Architecture proposed building a new house for the same cost of improving the old shack.
Challenged now to meet a budget of $160,000, a kit-of-parts assemblage was employed to construct a two-story volume of prefabricated structural insulated panels.
Through placement and orientation, the house visually bridges the land and river yet is conceptually disconnected from the site, floating several feet above grade on piles, implying notions of mass production and a riverside site.