On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer built a green getaway with the help of his daughter.
Sheets of unframed glass fill the spaces between this Connecticut cottage's operable windows and the sloping eave of the roof, giving the house, as architect Alan Organschi puts it, “the feel of coming apart at the seams—of surfaces unhinged.”
An artist by trade, and gardener by passion, Allison Paschke commissioned Providence-based architecture firm 3SIXØ to build a modest cottage that would allow her to reconnect with nature. She landscaped the home’s lush gardens herself.
Seeking to breath fresh life into the Connecticut home they'd inhabited for over thirty years, Suzanne and Brooks Kelley turned to two New Haven architects who "started blowing it open and filling it with large areas of glass." Huge sheets of unframed glass allow the structure to open up on a view of a hilltop meadow that gives way to the sound below.
Native New Yorkers, the Merola family have long held a tradition of spending summers in Rhode Island. When they learned the costs of renovating their existing cottage would significantly outweigh the benefits, they instead opted to build new. The result—a distinctively modernist box structure clad in milled slats of charred, brushed, and oiled cypress—sits nestled within the marshy landscape of Quonochontaug Pond.