The ocean was the obvious focal inspiration for this family summer cottage on the Maine coast. The design, pier engineering, and construction all presented less obvious challenges of working within the frontal dune site.
Facing and embracing the dune.
Regulations dictated that all new buildings within a flood hazard zone be elevated at least three feet above the high-water mark. In collaboration with structural engineers, a design using heavy timber piles to create a flow-through foundation was implemented and a free-flowing connection with the natural surroundings was maintained.