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Shingle Style House
Country House by Peter Pennoyer Architects in

Designed as a summer house off the coast of Maine, this rambling house, set on a narrow ridge, follows the restrained Shingle Style tradition typical of the area since the late 19th century. The three principal gables are aligned with the three principal angles of the bluff giving the massing its bending geometry and connection to the land. The main rooms face the water and the narrow plan allows light to span the rooms from the sea to the land side. The interior is more elaborate with some of the rooms inspired by McKim, Mead & White but simplified for contemporary living. Following in the nautical vein, the library evokes the sensation of standing in a cockpit at sea and is a triumph in carpentry with its beadboard ceiling and paneling. Many modern conveniences are intentionally left out, such as recessed lighting and air-conditioning, and the absence of these amenities, paired with Jayne Design Studio’s sympathetic decoration, magnifies the experience of the land and ocean.

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Photography: Jonathan Wallen