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One of the two chimneys in the addition is a skylight that illuminates a bath.

Addition to a historic cape on a coastal farm

Addition to a historic cape on a coastal farm

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    One of the two chimneys in the addition is a skylight that illuminates a bath.

  • The additions black panels are a counterpoint to the historic window forms.

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    The addition's black panels are a counterpoint to the historic window forms.

  • The more transparent kitchen addition frames farmland views.

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    The more transparent kitchen addition frames farmland views.

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    The more transparent kitchen addition frames farmland views.

  • To the right of the glass walkway, a ground-level skylight illuminates the restored cistern beneath. Lit at night, it emits a soft glow.

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    To the right of the glass walkway, a ground-level skylight illuminates the restored cistern beneath. Lit at night, it emits a soft glow.

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    To the right of the glass walkway, a ground-level skylight illuminates the restored cistern beneath. Lit at night, it emits a soft glow.

  • Plan showing the existing cape and its semi-detached kitchen/bath addition.

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    Plan showing the existing cape and its semi-detached kitchen/bath addition.

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    Courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

    Plan showing the existing cape and its semi-detached kitchen/bath addition.

  • View from the cow pasture.

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    View from the cow pasture.

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    View from the cow pasture.

  • View from the addition.

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    View from the addition.

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    View from the addition.

  • The bathroom, built like a piece of fine furniture, is brightened by a chimney skylight.

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    The bathroom, built like a piece of fine furniture, is brightened by a chimney skylight.

  • In the plan, the glass link aligns with a watering trough.

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    Courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

    In the plan, the glass link aligns with a watering trough.

  • The walkways beams thread through the additions bathroom/utility box.

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    The walkway's beams thread through the additions bathroom/utility box.

bohlin cywinski jackson, wilkes-barre, pa.

Simplicity is good company in an agrarian setting. The rudimentary beauty of black-and-white cows, a weathered barn, and utilitarian stone walls inspired a minimalist response to this restored cape/guesthouse and separate kitchen addition, part of a larger farmstead. Linking the two gabled buildings is a glazed passageway centered on a watering trough for the cows. The new building’s window walls play against the cape’s familiar forms while framing the coastal landscape. Beams in the passageway thread through the addition’s bathroom/utility box, built like a piece of grand furniture, and pocket into the wall.

“Modernism most often hasn’t gotten down to the subtlety of details to the extent it should,” says principal in charge Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA. “It’s a worthwhile exercise to push that a bit.”

The judges agreed, praising the building’s directness and scale. “They could have done a number on this place,” observed one, “but it’s balanced and concise.”


Project Credits
principal in charge: Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, www.bcj.com
project architect: Theresa Thomas, AIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
general contractor: Charles E. Millard, Charles E. Millard Inc., Bristol, R.I.
landscape architect: Michael Vergason, FASLA, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Va.
project size: 800 square feet
site size: 70 acres
construction cost: Withheld
photography: Nic Lehoux

Product Details
bathroom fittings: Kohler Co. www.kohler.com; bathroom fixtures: Kallista www.kallista.com, Kohler Co. www.kohler.com; dishwasher: GE Consumer & Industrial www.ge.com; doors, windows: Point Five Windows & Doors www.point-five-windows.com/; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator www.insinkerator.com; hardware: FSB USA www.fsbusa.com, Sugatsune America www.sugatsune.com; kitchen fittings: Dornbracht Americas www.dornbracht.com; kitchen fixtures: Julien www.julien.ca; lighting fixtures: Artemide U.S.A. www.artemide.us, B-K Lighting www.bklighting.com, Nexxus Lighting (Super Vision) www.svision.com, Resolute www.resoluteonline.com, Teka Illumination www.tekaillumination.com, Translite Systems www.translitesonoma.com; oven/range: Fisher & Paykel Appliances (DCS) usa.fisherpaykel.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co. www.benjaminmoore.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero www.subzero.com

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