Randi Baird

Connected by a classic boardwalk system, Scott’s Grove on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard was designed to evoke the idea of a small neighborhood village. The project, designed by Massachusetts-based LDa Architecture & Interiors and developed by nonprofit organization Island Housing Trust, is made up of nine affordable duplex homes with equal options of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The community serves residents from 60% to 100% of the average median income.

Randi Baird

“The design approach focuses on the fundamental belief that housing should create healthy, pleasant, and sustainable homes for individuals and families at all levels of income,” says the firm.

To blend in with the surrounding Cape-style homes that are prevalent on the island, the firm outfitted each of the duplex pairs, located in four clusters, with cedar-shingled exteriors. Inside, the modest units include an open kitchen, dining, and living area, while the expanded deck walkways serve as a central gathering location for all residents.