Brian Vanden Brink
John R. DaSilva, AIA (PSDAB)
The bocce bar is the smallest of the three buildings on the Champlain's Bluff estate but a thoughtful approach to siting, design and construction was still important. To one side of the "country lane" that winds through the large property and approaches the house, a flat clearing on a slight rise between a wildflower meadow and shade trees was chosen by the client as a spot for a bocce court. They asked for a small shed and terrace area adjacent to the court as places for socializing and storage. Two doors lift up and reveal a varnished wooden bar surface. There is just enough storage space within for libations and accessories, a small sink and refrigerator, bocce balls, rakes and some outdoor furniture.
The simple shed form is clad using the same shingle pattern and rafter tails as the main house and guest house but the roof pitch is shallower and the overhangs are smaller. This casual little playhouse for adults is the setting for big summer fun.