A cool contemporary kitchen is the big surprise at the heart of this vacation home. Sited by a meadow and an old farm, the building breaks down into a grouping of vernacular rural structures. “From the outside, you read this building as these traditional farm-related forms,” says architect Phil Regan, who carried the theme into the house with an exposed, white-painted roof structure and a bank of high transom windows. Into this barn-simple shell Regan inserted an unapologetically contemporary kitchen great room.
The kitchen workspace lines the room's east wall, where a pair of pocket windows above the sink look through an adjacent mudroom/home office to meadow views and morning light. To the south, the room opens via a sliding glass wall onto a central courtyard. Along the north wall, punctuated with smaller openings, the kitchen casework transitions seamlessly into living room storage and display cabinets. Flush panels of maple plywood, stainless steel, and matte-colored laminate heighten the contrast between the kitchen and the enclosing structure. While the latter could be interpreted as a reclaimed farm building, Regan says, “the cabinetry is definitely from today, as if it were retrofitted in there.”
Our judges found the room appealing in both concept and execution, calling it “compositionally beautiful” and “rich in its simplicity.” As one noted, “there's almost a Shaker honesty and simplicity to it.”
Entrant/Architect: Hutker Architects, Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Builder: Johnson Vineyard Builders, Vineyard Haven
Project size: 1,032 square feet
Construction cost: Withheld
Photographer: Jim Fiora Studio
Countertops/kitchen panels: Abet Laminati and Lumasite; Dishwasher/oven: Miele; Entry doors/windows: Eagle Windows and Doors; Hardware: Sugatsune; Kitchen plumbing fittings/fixtures: Elkay and Grohe; Lighting fixtures: Tech Lighting; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero.