August Moon Essential Home by Span Structure

August Moon Essential Home is a waterfront summer time retreat overlooking Maine’s Western Bay, designed in 2021 by Span Structure.

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On the waterfront overlooking Maine’s Western Bay, a brand new house was constructed. The property, August Moon, was Brooke Astor’s non-public summer time retreat and echoed her world travels, with a predilection for Asian influences. Two buildings constructed for her in 1964, a Cottage and a Glass Tea Home, served as some extent of design inspiration. Whereas paying homage to architect-landscaper Robert Patterson, the shopper’s want for a contemporary sensibility and their complimentary reverence for the encompassing pure surroundings led to our biophilic-forward siting and detailing.

The brand new home takes its cue from the hillside strata of rocks, moss, ferns, and timber. Just like the cottage roof mirroring the distant type of Blue Hill Mountain, the higher flooring of the home are captured under an unfolding kind pinned by the big, stone fireside – the sky toned zinc-coated roof is a good gesture. In distinction, the bottom flooring is nestled discreetly into the valley saddle offering non-public entry to paths and the shoreline with a personal inexperienced roof garden above. Many rooms in the home might be seen from totally different angles – like a cinematic expertise. Strolling by the home parallels the sensation of wandering by the panorama.

The construction lives in situ with a minimal carbon footprint limiting the palate to pure supplies. Cedar, Fir, and stone from the identical quarry that Patterson used had been processed and fabricated inside 2 miles of the property. The glass master bedroom flies free cantilevering akin to a treehouse; you sleep throughout the cover of the forest. The brand new Corten metal Moon Gate embodies the essence of the house, a starkly trendy adaptation of a conventional Chinese language design. The renovated gardens are linked with the house’s entry sequence whereas incorporating a easy, falling water characteristic on its slim facet celebrating the super quantity of groundwater from the native snow melts.

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– by Matt Watts