Architecture and Process on St Kitts and Nevis

Introduction—Architecture by the Sea

Whether captivated by an island’s carefree attitude, warm temperatures, diverse residents or simply caught in the trance of the ocean’s changing tides, island and coastal living offer that extra finesse to life that is hard to find elsewhere.  It’s undeniable why many people navigate their way to a waterfront home.  To imagine the perfect getaway is easy, but to design and build it to its maximum potential demand the requisite professional experiences which we discuss in detail below.

With a deep commitment to craft and the creation of dramatic yet functional spaces, MMA tailors each client’s desires into a uniquely expressive and signature home or estate.  Morehouse MacDonald has had the opportunity to work with clients from the United States, Europe, and Africa to deliver superior architectural services in St Kitts and Nevis.

Our creative process begins with the client, who communicates needs and desires which we then translate into a written and clear architectural program. Listening is our first most critical skill at this stage. We then move onto analyzing a chosen site or help clients directly in the site selection process. We look carefully at the site’s natural features and draw upon them for design inspiration; we pay particular attention to the richness of the visual as we search for ways to awaken power views through the lens of architectural spaces. And we explore a locality’s architectural history, character, materiality and building traditions as part of our overall design solutions.  The results of our work can be seen here:

The Architectural Process—Building on St Kitts and Nevis

As we discuss in “Design Visa: Why MMA’s Clients Take Us Abroad,” MMA has built up a solid track record with a key building partner in Bennett Hofford Construction, who has assisted us in our earlier projects on St Kitts and continues to play a key role in our current endeavors at Christophe Harbour. Together as architect and builder, we have built up complimentary skill sets in design and construction ideally suited for projects in the Caribbean.

Our Current Experiences on St Kitts and Nevis

On our first project inside Christophe Harbour we were challenged by a client who sought out a design that was both responsive to the site’s abundant views and orientations while seeking a more European sense of scale and refinement—all under roof lines that are typical of Caribbean architecture.

We enthusiastically embraced what seemed like deeply contradictory design goals to arrive at a home that stands apart yet still belongs to the generalized vision of Christophe Harbour architecture. Hip roofs are sheathed in warm soft terracotta tiles while stucco walls embrace a more lively mix of warm peachy tones. Regional coral stone intermixes with dark brown timbers at roof edges while large glass openings adjoin expansive terraces facing the ocean.

MMA's first project at Christophe Harbour was directly responsive to the client's interest in European influences. MMA’s first project at Christophe Harbour was directly responsive to the client’s interest in European influences.

If our first project at Christophe Harbour presented unique challenges in balancing materiality and architectural language on a beachfront property, our next project on St Kitts would demand an analytical and strategic approach to site design work out on Cardinal Point.

With views across Sandy Bank Bay, our client tasks MMA with delivering a design that met their unique lifestyle while creating a home that embraced both the ocean-facing views and the inherent tranquillity offered by facing the mountain on the opposite side. Unique to this home on a hillside is the creation of an internalized garden for yoga and meditation that still remains connected to the presence of the ocean on the opposite side. To achieve this required a deft arrangement of space creation at multiple levels while still maintaining reasonable engineering and construction program along the mountain.

The Cardinal Point house—shown at the top of our post is currently under construction. Upon its completion in November of 2018, the island home will sit nestled in its mountainside location overlooking a protected reef and cove. The Cardinal Point house—shown at the top of our post – is currently under construction and will be completed in November of 2018.

These few projects are a limited showing of MMA’s work in St Kitts and Nevis and we are excited to have been chosen as a Preferred Architect program at Christophe Harbour.

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MMA circular study

Offices that Inspire: A Cure for the Common Workspace

A study must be just the right amount of beautiful. Beautiful enough to inspire excellent work, but muted enough not to distract. The ideal study is a finely-tuned space: a chair at center-stage, plenty of light streaming through the windows, a view to inspire, and enough decorum to settle unobtrusively in the background when the time comes to put pen to paper.

At Morehouse MacDonald, our objective in creating this type of space boils down to a balance of form and function.

MMA Vermont Lodge study

Here, the balance comes in finding a tucked-away corner of a vast family estate that grants privacy without becoming claustrophobic. This warm, cabinesque office floats over the master bedroom, making it remote enough from the lively central areas of the house that sound is a non-issue. Meanwhile, the window overlooking the spacious master suite keeps the space from feeling too isolated and provides spectacular views of the Vermont meadows beyond.

MMA Providencia Federal study

Part of a reproduction of a Federal-style New England mansion, this study exudes the luxurious warmth characteristic of the era. Weighted cornices ground the room, while light pouring in from the scenic grounds keeps the atmosphere fresh and the ideas flowing.

MMA circular compass study

Set against an enticing nautical backdrop, this circular study built for two is an exercise in simplicity. Panoramic windows inspire thought, sleek surfaces keep the mind in order, and rich walnut hues lend just the right amount of gravitas. The compass inlaid in the floor both recalls the waterfront location and solidifies the room’s sense of purpose: this is where you find direction.

MMA Cape study circular office

As we mulled over the challenges and opportunities of these office spaces, a phrase kept springing to mind. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” We can’t take credit for the wisdom there—Aristotle gets that byline—but we can confirm that great pleasure comes in designing these studies. It is our hope that they are both pleasant for your mind and perfect for your work.

Renovated English Tudor from 1920s.

Tradition and Creativity in Renovations

The sky is blue, an impossibly bright shade of blue that is just about the only thing to tip you off that the house is not in England. It is grand and rambling, unfolding across the lawns in a wonderfully earthy sprawl of rustic charm. Stately like it’s been there for centuries, the kind of place that is owned by a duke or an earl and is profoundly aware of that fact. The grass is a luminous green with bright blooms of flowers, and rust-red shrubs off to the side exude the professionally kept yet slightly rumpled appearance of a courtly English garden. It’s the kind of house whose surroundings you instinctively call the grounds rather than the yard.

Renovated English Tudor from the 1920s.

A renovation is a tricky balancing act that boils down to a core tenet: you must respect the original while introducing change. It is crucial at this stage to identify which elements are integral parts of the existing style and which are merely ancillary. If you remove the central pieces, the style will lose its visual clarity as a style distinct from its predecessors and its followers. A similar logic goes into adapting a book into a film; certain elements are essential to the storyline, while others can disappear and leave the story structurally sound. The task of the movie producer is to recognize which are the former and which the latter. This is the task of the architect as well. We must recognize that in this case, art is not just in what we change, but in what we allow to stay the same.

Patio of a renovated English Tudor house.

It is a running theme at MMA that our projects can often be distilled to a marriage of two styles, two ideas, two origins. At its core, this is a discussion of checks and balances in the middle of a vast gray area. It is a discussion of how to show respect to both pieces, how to know what is indispensable, and how to find a creative way to make something new out of them. None of our projects exists in a vacuum: each is the combined result of every design we have studied and created over many years of practice. We aim not only to avoid falling too heavily upon yesterday’s tropes, but also to honor their value and embrace their place in the progression of architecture as an art. We do this with the hope that what we create will have both roots in tradition and branches outward toward something new that we cannot quite see yet. We hope we have done this, and we hope you find it beautiful.

Stone arches on renovated English Tudor.

Rendering of a shingle-style home elevation

How Architecture Reflects Society

A thought seized us recently as we were discussing a previous blog post on the history and influence of shingle-style architecture. Near the end of the article, we point out that the style reflects “the slow and romantic lifestyle of the Victorian era.” And it does. But at the height of its popularity, shingle-style architecture stood for one thing: wealth. These houses were how the upper crust of late nineteenth-century America expressed their wealth. Spacious houses showcased the bare fact of their affluence, global influences proved they had the means to travel and absorb culture, and the aforementioned romance of a life at ease indicated that they were well-enough established not to lead harried lives.

Seaside Manor Living Room

Interior of one of our classically Victorian homes, the Seaside Manor House.

Part of our mission statement cites that we aim to reflect our clients’ identities through the homes we create for them. This concept is more than just pretty words on paper; it informs our design decisions from start to finish. But in order to understand just how that works, it is important to see how aptly architecture has always reflected individuality and culture. The history of shingle-style architecture is a prime example, because it elegantly expresses not only the importance of wealth in the post-Victorian era, but also precisely what that wealth meant and how it behaved. For wealthy landowners at the turn of the century, a shingle-style house demonstrated wealth better than any Victorian adornment. The owners did not only have the money to commission impressive estates—they also had ample time to spend luxuriating on the premises. The industrial age also provided new opportunities to demonstrate wealth through machine-made products, intricate millwork, and impressive architectural detailing that would have been improbable (at best) only a few years earlier.

Shingle-Style MMA Home.

Notice the shingle carve-aways at right, reminiscent of turn-of-the-century shingle-style architecture.

Architecture’s reflection of society is far from a new concept. Consider how the great pyramids of Egypt underline their rulers’ power and prestige, the importance they placed in the afterlife, and their enormous value for material goods, even in death. Every era of human history speaks with a distinct architectural voice. English architect Sir Norman Foster (noted for rebuilding the Reichstag in Berlin after the reunification of Germany) explains, “Architecture is an expression of values—the way we build is a reflection of the way we live. This is why vernacular tradition and the historical layers of a city are so fascinating, as every era produces its own vocabulary.” In recognizing these values and the identities structured around them, we hope to design homes that reflect the spirit of their owners and the specific cadence of the world around them.

Modern Shingle-Style Cape House

Our Great Island House on Cape Cod represents a distilled modern interpretation of the shingle style.

MMA Shingle-Style Country House

Shingle-Style Architecture: Turn-of-the-Century Allure

Shingle-style architecture is a uniquely American brand that marks a point of convergence for several different influences from Queen Anne Victorian to Medieval Romanesque. A popular New England style that appeared just as the nineteenth century wound to a close, shingle-style architecture paints a sweeping portrait of the nation at that point in time: high fashion with an edge of eclecticism and a bent for asymmetry. In retrospect, what could have better ushered in the roaring 20s, with its love of glamorous oddities and modern twists on the tried-and-true?

Isaac Bell House

The Isaac Bell House is a National Historic Landmark built during America’s Gilded Age. Also known as Edna Villa, this outstanding example of shingle-style architecture is located in Newport, Rhode Island.

Celebrated as the architecture of the American summer, this style lends itself well to metaphor. Stone foundations emerge from the bedrock as a verisimilar root system, tying the house to sturdy tradition at its base while allowing it to grow bolder as it ascends. With Palladian windows, neoclassical ornament, and wide, elegant porches, a subtle eclecticism suffuses the home. The primarily wooden construction unifies the shingle-style home with its surroundings so the more asymmetrical elements can shine without undermining the home’s stylistic integrity.

Kragsyde Mansion

Kragsyde Mansion was an iconic shingle-style estate built in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts in 1883 and demolished in 1929. The rambling house was designed by the premier Boston architectural firm of Peabody & Sterns for a wealthy Boston client.

Variety adorns the top of the shingle-style home as well, where it caps off with complex roof forms, towers blended into a continuous roofline, and gable dormers in late-Victorian fashion. Curved walls sometimes replace tower structures to expand interior space and add visual interest to the exterior.

William Watts Sherman House

H. H. Richardson’s William Watts Sherman House in Newport, Rhode Island, is generally acknowledged as one of the American architect’s great masterpieces and a prototype of shingle-style architecture.

Gone are the ornate details that delicately adorned the Victorian homes of the 1800s. Applied decoration gives way to greater structural variety: complex forms wrapped in cedar shingles, gambrel roofs, grand windows opening onto balconies. The cedar shingles tie the diverse forms together to ensure the asymmetry does not topple out of proportion and create something altogether discordant. On the contrary, the resplendent final product reflects the American spirit while evoking the slow and romantic lifestyle of the Victorian era.

MMA Shingle-Style Country House

MMA’s Shingle-Style Country House represents our 21st-century take on this storied architectural tradition. Another project in this style is in the works in the western suburbs of Boston; take a look at the rendering below and check back for updates as this project unfolds.

Rendering shingle-style influenced home west of Boston.

Preliminary rendering of a project with shingle-style influences on the boards at MMA now.

Thorncrown chapel and vicinity, exterior, day.

Crown Jewel: Why Thorncrown Chapel is our Architectural Inspiration

When retired schoolteacher Jim Reed purchased a plot of land overlooking the Ozark Hills in 1971, he did not know it would soon be the site of one of the greatest marvels of modern architecture: Thorncrown Chapel.

Though the space was intended for a new home for Reed and his wife to enjoy in their retirement, the land seemed predestined to house the famed chapel; each day saw visitors drawn to the property for its magnificent views and inspiring natural surroundings. Fate or chance had set a clear path for Reed, and he soon commissioned architect E. Fay Jones to design his dream: a chapel where the floods of visitors could gather and reflect in the gentle calm of the woods.

Jones designed the stunning structure to echo the Prairie School of architecture largely popularized by his mentor, the illustrious Frank Lloyd Wright. The majority of the materials used in construction are indigenous to northwestern Arkansas. In addition to minimizing transportation costs and environmental impact, the use of natural materials helps the chapel mesh with its surroundings rather than competing with them. Jones insisted that “no structural element could be larger than what two men could carry through the woods,” a rule of thumb that guided the design process toward the principles of the Prairie School.

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Glass panels dominate the sides of the chapel, allowing light to pour in from all angles and bathe the space in an ethereal glow. The clarity of the glass and seamless design are so utterly entrancing that when the lush greenery sways in the wind, you expect to feel the breeze within the chapel. Despite its distinctive presence and unforgettable design, the chapel does not impose itself on its surroundings. Thorncrown Chapel does not need to shout to assert its identity; it whispers, quiet but insistent, like the wind.

A close communication of architecture and landscape produces a design so reflective of its surroundings that it seems to have sprung from them naturally, an illusion strengthened by Jones’ use of natural, local materials. MMA Principal John S. MacDonald explains how this design plays into his admiration of the chapel: “The juxtaposition of clean geometric forms and transparency to the pristine natural setting creates a structure that transcends architecture in search of religion.” Architecture acting as a visual expression of natural elements is a core tenet of the Prairie School, which gravitates toward structures that go beyond merely serving the functional needs of their inhabitants—they express an idea.

This concept resonates deeply with our design philosophy at MMA. At every stage of the design process, we are acutely aware that we are not designing a house, but a home. The ideas these homes express vary based on clients’ needs from family-friendly vacation homes to penthouse lofts showcasing curated art collections. But space to space, concept to concept, and person to person, the idea rings through: this is home.

Thorncrown chapel exterior, night

[Photo credit, top to bottom: Brad Holt, Jorge Chapa, Carol M. Highsmith.]

Exterior modern Cape Cod house

Modern Cape: Same Tradition, Better Technology

In terms of classic New England architecture, the traditional Cape Cod cottage is a time-honored standard. Built to provide shelter from the vicious winter storms that whipped in off the Atlantic, these homes have remained popular due to their charming simplicity and the nostalgic element of tradition that suffuses them. They are uniquely New England. With modern technology on our side, MMA set out to create a modern Cape house that captures the essence of the original while bringing it into the 21st century.

modern cape kitchen mmaMore than any stylistic preference, the 21st century denotes sustainability. Located on a stunning sloped site on the mid-Cape, our award-winning modern Cape house incorporates Ipê, a hard and resilient wood sustainably harvested in Bolivia. While the material breaks from tradition compared to older Cape homes, the structure retains some key similarities: the clean, symmetrical lines; the white details balanced against earthy neutrals; the materials a direct reflection of the natural surroundings.

Technology allows us to make even greater adaptations to our modern Cape house. Traditional Cape homes feature small windows to better withstand biting winds and brutal snowstorms, but modern tempered glass is able to resist such forces with relative ease. MMA designed the home with great panes of glass to bring the outside in and situated the muntins along the top edge of the windows to allow for uninterrupted views of the ocean beyond. In conjunction with the larger and more prevalent windows, we also added dormers to increase the lighting in the home, once again connecting inside and out.

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Such alterations would have severely hampered the day-to-day lives of Cape residents two hundred years ago, if only because the abundance of windows would have let in too much light and air. Blackout shades account for the issue of privacy—and early-morning sunlight—that might arise, but insulation was the chief concern. HVAC and chillers allow us to keep the spacious interior of this home warm in the winter months and cool in the blazing summers.

It is in those pristine Cape Cod summers that this home truly shines. Airy open floor plans extend the illusion that inside and outside have melded together, creating an elegant, summery space for everyday living and entertaining. The first floor opens out onto a wide, curving deck, where every angle grants graceful panoramic views of the Atlantic. Large, shady overhangs protect the viewer from direct sunlight while allowing them to feel the sea breeze, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and simply experience the outdoors.

Because here is the crux of our modern Cape: it is the same Cape Cod you know and love—the same unmatchable blue skies, the same clean simplicity, the same historical underpinnings. When we set out to adapt a style through a modern lens, we always strive to alter only in order to elevate the style, while holding sacred the core attributes that made the original worth emulating.

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Vermont Barn exterior

Vermont-Proof: MMA Winterizes a Timber-Frame Lodge

Verdant hills, violet lupines springing from the ground, rugged mountains rising and falling all the way to the horizon—it is a paradise enough to convince anyone to drop everything and race away somewhere quieter to be in nature. But even this idyllic haven faced its obstacles when it encountered the Northeast’s fiercest foe: an endless Vermont winter.

When MMA began our renovation of an aging Vermont lodge, winter’s challenges were immediately apparent. Heavy snowfall slid down the twin gables into the ten-foot gap between them, piling directly in front of the doorstep. When the sub-zero freezes took hold, that monolith of snow became a six-foot-high block of ice barring the entry.

The solution came in a single, elegant addition of a porte-cochere extending between the two existing structures. The snow slipping down the gable roofs was now redirected by the porte-cochere to heated drains located within the drive-court.

In a true marriage of form and function, the porte-cochere does more than alleviate the snow-related concerns; it also addresses the house’s uninspiring facade. By breaking up the elevation, the porte-cochere creates a more interesting roofscape for the lodge. In concert with this change, MMA introduced new colors and materials to break with the tedium of the existing plain vertical siding. The simple yet elegant color pairings and charming bay windows freshen the exterior while remaining true to the lodge’s stylistic roots.

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The lodge’s new exterior aesthetic is a nod to the modernized timber-frame (post-and-beam) style interiors.

If you’re interested in learning more about this style, take a look at our post on the beauty of working with timber frames

Working with timber frames showcases the natural beauty of wood—a fitting principle to abide when creating a home so richly surrounded by nature. Incorporating a variety of natural elements in the design has allowed us to maintain a great degree of stylistic fidelity both to the existing structure and to the architectural tradition of cabin-style homes. Meanwhile, new finishes and highly modernized kitchen and bath amenities ensure that the house’s style in no way impedes its function as a family home.

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Because the lodge is, first and foremost, a home. It resides on an 1100-acre lot with another home: our Vermont meadow house (all within the family) and a working barn that houses horses, llamas, and alpacas. Summers see unimaginably bright greens; winters, never-ending flurries. But in those pale and glittering winter months, a family can park beneath an elegant roof, unload their skis, and make their way inside to the hearth, untouched by winter’s deluge.

Newport Cottage Restoration – A Winning Pedigree

When an MMA client uses our services again and again, it is validation on both a personal and artistic level, and for us it is the highest compliment.

Not long ago we had the good fortune to work with longstanding clients on another of their homes. The couple had visited and become captivated by the Cotswolds, a rural area of south central England known for its stone-built villages, historical towns and stately homes and gardens. When they moved to Newport, their hope was to find a way to recreate all that they loved about the English countryside in a home here and, while looking, they were intrigued by a cottage they found situated on the grounds of an old estate. They engaged our services so together we could articulate their desire to live in their own bit of the Cotswolds on this side of the pond.

Converting a Kennel

Our first thought upon viewing this project was that we would need to respect the pedigree of the existing structure while renovating the building in a way that added beauty and functionality to an already charmed existence. The property had an interesting history: at one time the cottage had actually been used as a kennel—housing more than 40 prized Pekingese dogs belonging to the estate’s owner.

The main house of the estate sits several hundred yards away, providing the cottage a respectable measure of privacy. The cottage itself rests on several acres which include stone ruins, beautiful landscaping and peacocks that continue to roam and guard the property, emitting their distinctive calls when feeling threatened. This fairytale setting was initially designed to look and feel like the English countryside. Given that the existing architecture of the entire estate was English manor house in nature, it was a perfect marriage (and opportunity.)

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The clients’ wish list was a complete renovation; they wanted the master bedroom moved to the first floor, a new kitchen, guest room, study, living area, dining area and green house.  Our plan would need to accommodate all of these requirements while making sure the additions were in keeping with the structure’s original architectural vocabulary.

As with any historic restoration, one of the first challenges was matching existing materials to those whose provenance was clearly more than 100 years old. Our client was adamant, for example, that we both match and preserve the existing clay roofing tile on the house. Finding clay roofing tiles that would match a tile created in the 1800’s meant us finding artisans who continue to craft and create tiles that way today. Working and moving about the landscape without disrupting the vegetation (or disturbing the peacocks) meant another level of care needed to be factored into the project.

How We Began—Process

We began to craft our architectural and design solutions incorporating the known challenges and utilizing a team of craftspeople whose work we knew would meet the standards of this project. The existing structure—the main cottage—had spectacular original details such as exposed timber and joinery that we wanted to preserve and echo in the new structures.

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Our design solution was to leave the main cottage intact and build additional structures which would bookend the existing cottage, all the while maintaining the English cottage look and feel. Because we could never match 100 year old tile with such wear and weathered character completely, the adjoining structures were roofed in standing seam lead-coated copper, creating a complimentary counter-point that remained in keeping with English architecture. Our general contractor perfectly matched existing stucco walls, while new energy-efficient windows and doors unified the whole home.

The Team

We were able to enlist artisans and experts in the preservation, restoration and re-creation of historic details.  We used Ludowici for the clay tiles, which beautifully replicated and blended in with the original roofing. We worked with the master builder, Kirby Perkins, who realized our collective vision with unequaled craftsmanship; and Michael Coutu, from the award-winning Sudbury Design Group, was instrumental in enriching the landscape design. The interior designer on the project was Pat Lescalleet of Killingsworth & Co. Interiors, in Concord.

This team worked seamlessly and tirelessly to create the clients’ ‘new’ Cotswold manor – no easy feat given the precise nature of the requirements but the results speak for themselves. This is a cottage to the manor born.

Learn more about our services and how we can help design your dream home or renovate your existing home. Call us at: 1(781) 861-9500

Multiple Sensitivities—How Morehouse MacDonald Transformed a Cape Tradition

When a Cape restaurant owner has a thriving breakfast and lunch eatery—much loved by discriminating New Yorkers as much by its own East Dennis locals—you can assume business is good. Very good.

So it isn’t surprising when a new investment co-owner comes into the picture with plans for expansion. This was the moment Morehouse MacDonald came into the picture. “Usually as architects we come in to address situations that are failing on some level,” says John MacDonald, AIA, principal, “but in this case, we had to completely reinvent something that was already a big success and improve on that.”

Environmental Sensitivities

To achieve this goal, the client wished to rebuild this beloved restaurant on the same site—nestled into the salt water marsh but with a novel, larger design that would attract new clientele and retain old patrons. In the old building everyone wanted a window seat; in the new design MMA devised a split-level approach to ensure patrons sitting in plush window-side booths didn’t block views of the salt marsh for other diners. The result—everyone gets a fantastic view.

The original Marshside Restaurant sat immediately adjacent to the salt water marsh (left). The new Marshside sits along that same line but is three times larger (right). Hugging the salt water marsh edge was more than just about views, it meant better allotment for site parking and landscaping to the right of the building.

The original Marshside Restaurant sat immediately adjacent to the salt water marsh (left). The new Marshside sits along that same line but is three times larger (right). Hugging the salt water marsh edge was more than just about views, it meant better allotment for site parking and landscaping to the right of the building.

The new Marshside Restaurant also needed to be three times larger, so MMA deftly integrated the new structure—perched on an innovative new pile system—with a comprehensive new site plan for onsite parking and environmentally sensitive landscaping selected by a botanist. MMA carefully chose site stone work, paving materials, and planned all site lighting. The exterior materials were carefully selected to relate to classic Cape Cod architecture yet with commercial durability.

Feeling at Home

Architecturally, patrons enter the new restaurant through an inviting farmhouse-style porch, which leads directly to a hostess area with a two-sided stone fireplace. Patrons can wait for a table by the fire on a cold night or in summer weather take a glass of wine out onto the inviting porch.

To break down the scale of the restaurant, a central cathedral ceiling, infused with natural Douglas Fir trusses and timber posts, establishes spatial order. Meanwhile, lower ceiling areas are precisely supported in vertically grained Douglas Fir rafters. Paneling, booths and piers are all enveloped in a durable black cherry to harmonize with the dark brown leather cushions. These choices created a soothing natural material palette that is designed to recede and frame the glass facades, offering wide views to the salt marsh beyond.

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“To appeal even further to the new dinner crowd,” says John MacDonald, AIA, “we designed a beautifully curved bar in solid black cherry that features a ‘glacial ice’ inspired Back Bar for a more outdoor-inspired concept rather than the typical cosmopolitan design approach to this space.” Deftly concealed uplighting and area spot lights generates an inviting, refined and yet comfortable upscale environment. This design worked to make old patrons feel comfortable in the new restaurant without taking away opportunities for an ambiance that both new and old patrons have come to love.

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To learn and see more on this exciting project visit its project page in our Portfolio section.

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