Acadian Cabins

description

The Acadian Cabin project is a two-dwelling home outside Acadia National Park. The design takes advantage of the dramatic grades of the site to create a private courtyard at the high point of the knob while the buildings sits lightly below on the brow. Between the two dwellings, a covered patio housing an outdoor kitchen and fireplace screens the primary programs from the adjacent street. Balconies and terraces are strategically situated on the site to capture the views of nearby Frenchman Bay.

The form of the buildings draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape: overhanging, leafy canopies and soft undergrowth interspersed with slabs of solid granite. These elements are alluded to through the deep roof overhangs, exposed wood rafter tails, textured shingle siding, and heavy stone masonry. On the interior, wood trim and warm lighting creates an atmosphere of comfort not unlike sitting around a campfire in the nearby woods. In the most important respect of its natural surroundings, this project was designed to meet Passive House (PHIUS) Standards, ensuring the highest level of sustainability and energy efficiency.

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Site

Particularly important for this project, being a two-dwelling home, is the concept of prospect and refuge. That is creating prominent views without allowing the viewer to be overly exposed. Each outdoor patio and deck considers not only the view out, but also protection from exposure.

Circulation

The primary pedestrian and vehicular circulation was designed to operate separately between the two dwellings for independent functionality while a secondary circulation path overlays the courtyard allowing the entire complex to operate as one when desired.

Efficiency

All of the thermal assemblies and details were meticulously evaluated ensuring there were no thermal bridges throughout the project.

Landscape: LARK Studio
Civil / Structural Engineering: Hedefine Engineering
Sustainability: Eco Houses of Vermont

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The Acadian Cabin project is a two-dwelling home outside Acadia National Park. The design takes advantage of the dramatic grades of the site to create a private courtyard at the high point of the knob while the buildings sits lightly below on the brow. Between the two dwellings, a covered patio housing an outdoor kitchen and fireplace screens the primary programs from the adjacent street. Balconies and terraces are strategically situated on the site to capture the views of nearby Frenchman Bay.

The form of the buildings draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape: overhanging, leafy canopies and soft undergrowth interspersed with slabs of solid granite. These elements are alluded to through the deep roof overhangs, exposed wood rafter tails, textured shingle siding, and heavy stone masonry. On the interior, wood trim and warm lighting creates an atmosphere of comfort not unlike sitting around a campfire in the nearby woods. In the most important respect of its natural surroundings, this project was designed to meet Passive House (PHIUS) Standards, ensuring the highest level of sustainability and energy efficiency.

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