Round Pond, ME
Photography: Wilson Martin, David Joly
Constructed by the client over a number of years, HaMary Cottage is an addition to the clients existing 19th century vacation home in Round Pond, Maine. In downsizing, Isham and Mary decided to make the property their permanent residence. Retrofitting the entire property with infrastructure that would compromise the integrity of the original structures and unglue the palimpsest of so many family memories was both economically and emotionally infeasible. New construction within the riparian setback of Munroe Brook is limited so the project removes an existing 18’x20’ ‘summer kitchen’ to insert a year-round cottage.
The new home will expand and contract with the seasons to accommodate extended family and guests. It is comprised of a Kitchen and Bath, while other modest volumes and landings lend diversity in scale, privacy and character. One belonging to the brook, one to the courtyard, one to the treetops and one to the distant views of Round Pond, seen just above the original home’s ridge. By connecting to the existing Kitchen, Master Bedroom, and barn/studio, the radiant conditioned volume establishes a new hearth for the property.
A central infrastructural wall anchors the home to the site and organizes the atmospheric diversity within a compact tower. A circuitous trajectory, sequentially re-oriented toward changing perspectives of the surrounding landscape, culminates in a third floor belvedere overlooking Round pond.