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.”
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
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