Corea Harbor House / Norelius Studio

  • 01:00 - 20 October, 2011
Corea Harbor House / Norelius Studio, © Kelly Bellis
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Corea, Maine, USA
  • Structural Engineer

    Albert Putnam, PE
  • Lighting Designer

    Peter Knuppel Lighting Design
  • Builder

    Kenneth Thibault
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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From the architect. The diagram of the house takes advantage of solar gain and views—fortuitously aligned—in each of the major spaces. Since the goal was to keep the house a concise 1400 square feet, the plan became long and thin: literally the dimensions of a mobile home. This allowed private suites at each end of the house, and an open living/dining/cooking space in the center. It is in this center space that blank, well-insulated north-facing walls give way to windows on both sides, creating a virtual pavilion at the core.

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The house was lifted up to enhance the views to the harbor, to hover above a handsome granite outcropping close to the street, and to integrate with a previously installed septic system on the rear of the site.

© Kelly Bellis
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Fairly standard construction techniques were employed to take advantage of the strengths of a local builder. A nearby commercial aluminum dock manufacturer fabricated the “folly” deck and frames for rolling vertical sunshades and fixed horizontal sunshades.

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© Kelly Bellis

Valuing space and light over expensive finishes and fittings, a remarkably low cost-per-square foot was achieved. The result is a new addition to the village-scape, balancing a tension between familiar and provocative.

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