architecture uses regionally specific materials, methods, and design
characteristics. Construction anywhere on Nantucket must meet extensive design
regulations that place it into a vernacular deemed appropriate by historic
district legislation. While the wisdom of such restriction is debatable, it
does not mean that design for, and building on, the island eliminates
creativity or the need for carefully considered work. It just means creativity
must occur within established conventions. Meadowcrest was conceived to succeed
on these terms—it fits into the local vernacular but is not identical to any
other house on the island. It is unique to its site and specific to the needs
and desires of a client whose family had retreated to a previous house on the
beautiful Arcadian site for generations.
|Scope of Work||Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction|
|Finished Space Above Grade||3,502|
|Guest House Finished Space Above Grade||654|
|Photography||Brian Vanden Brink|
There is little historic development, and it feels quite rural. Once on the property, the lightly wooded approach to the house is enhanced by a driveway that winds through the woods and keeps the house invisible from the street. At the front of the house the driveway enters a clearing and becomes a circle centered on the front door and a large flagpole. It then continues around one side to the garage/guest house, set well back on the property and near the mud room entry to the main house.