Mount Desert Island, ME 2012
This property lies due south of Acadia National Park and is bound by the Eastern Way of the Atlantic. Shady woodland to the east and west connects to the site through a system of game trails that traverse between steep rocky outcrops. Prior to our involvement, the historic home had been razed, the Guest House was in construction, and the upper site for the Main House had been recently blasted. Fragments of a successional climax forest, extremely shallow soils, a degraded stream, and raw ledge, posed severe technical challenges for integrating the program of auto courts, terraces, lawn, and trails for a family retreat. The design explores the interaction between the manmade spaces and the reconstructed landscape that flows across the site. The project re-defines the traditional notion of site restoration and weaves a diversified and healthier plant community with legible design form for the family’s use and enjoyment.