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fallen leaves residence

This summer residence was conceived as a series of floating horizontal planes, inspired by leaves falling slowly through the breeze, filtering the southern light and opening to northern views of the ocean.

Building in the town of Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard entailed several design limitations (height, roof slope, materials), as did the modest budget. The most difficult part of the design was rendering the structure stable, as there are many long/continuous horizontal openings. The chimney was thus designed as a (hidden) large moment (side to side movement) core. A lot of thought also went into maintaining a very thin and elegant exterior structural silhouette (columns, porch) and ensuring the complex roof collage would remain watertight.

This is a Maryann Thompson Architects project on which Ioana Urma developed the formal design, the structural & construction details, the stairs & railings, the lighting, and the material & product selection; assisted clients in meetings with consultants; and conducted contract (“construction”) administration.

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DIMENSIONS
±3,500 sf: 2,200 sf interior / 200 sf enclosed porch / 1,100 outdoor decks

LOCATION
Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

PUBLICATIONS
1. Louis Postel, “Fallen Leaves,” Boston Magazine Home & Garden, Fall 2006.
2. Andrew Cunningham, “From Fallen Leaves,” Cape Cod and Islands Home, January 2006.

CLIENT
Private

WORK/CREDITS
Maryann Thompson Architects, Cambridge, MA

Head Designer:
Maryann Thompson

Main Architectural Team:
Bill Pevear & Ioana Urma

Model & Plan:
Ioana Urma

Photography:
Chuck Choi

DATE
2001-2003