By Nigel F. Maynard Mark Hutker & Associates is known for well-designed heirloom houses that are sympathetic to their sites. This Edgartown, Mass., house lives up to that reputation. Located on ocean-front property, the house sits lightly on the landscape and incorporates hearty materials such as cedar siding, lead-coated copper roofs, and bronze hardware to weather the harsh New England climate.

The clients requested a light-filled, view-friendly family compound for informal activity. The architect translated the program into forms found in agrarian New England. The compound consists of three separate buildings.

"To meet zoning requirements, we spilt up the 14-acre site. A small house sits on seven acres, and the main house and a barn sit on the other seven acres," says project architect Charles E. Orr.

The architects used two gable ends facing the water separated by a flat roof living room to break up the roofline and minimize the ocean-front exposure. Oversized aluminum-clad windows filter copious amounts of light, while rough-hewn slate and bluestone, hand-cut timber, granite countertops, and custom cabinetry provide a luxurious yet casual interior.

Photo: Brian Vanden Brink

Category: Single-family detached; Entrant/Architect: Mark Hutker & Associates Architects, Vineyard Haven, Mass.; Builder: Martha's Vineyard Construction, West Tisbury, Mass.; Landscape Architect: Horiuchi & Solien Landscape Architects, Falmouth, Mass.

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