Architects: Whitten Architects
Location: Bridgton, Maine, USA
This refined yet rustic lakeside camp seamlessly blends into its wooded surroundings and provides year-round living. Our highly site-specific solution included the careful composition of three different structures – a main house, guesthouse, and studio barn/garage – designed to look as if they were built up and added to over time, giving the camp a perceived long history. To emphasize outdoor living and connect it to the interior, we created a floor plan that grants maximum daylighting and sunset views to the lake. In an effort to minimize disruption to the site, our design preserved trees, ground cover, and existing drainage patterns.
Exterior materials are a contemporary interpretation of the traditional camp vocabulary. The design and workmanship of local craftsmen are expressed in the oversized stone fireplace and chimney, radiant stone floors, metal roofs, peeled logs, rough-sawn timbers, hand-planed boarding, and detailed built-in millwork. While modern in attitude, the camp’s vernacular forms and local wood products bond it to the western Maine lakes region, affording it with a strong sense of place. [Project description by the Architects]