At this 50-acre family retreat on an island off the coast of Maine, the site slopes gently from woodland to meadows, a pond, and the ocean. Stone walls, inspired by the local farm vernacular, meander through meadow and woodland. A wall curves out of the slope to form a gathering place beneath an existing tree. A labyrinth incorporates text and boulders to represent the surrounding islands.
A dining pavilion sits at the edge of a meadow overlooking the pond and the Atlantic beyond. The timber structure provides enclosure while the louvered panels admit light and the sea air. A stone retaining wall becomes a fireplace and storage cabinets at the back of the structure. A canvas and steel canopy overhead recalls a boat's hull; rain water drips from its edge into a gravel ring in the floor. Each element enhances the experience of being in this landscape without detracting from its inherent beauty.
A Maine Island