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myMarvin Architects' Challenge: Island House

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This beautiful house, on an island in New York, was designed by Jacob Albert of Albert, Righter & Tittmann in Boston.

The clients wanted a new take on local Shingle Style traditions for this seaside vacation retreat. Its neighbors, which date from the 1880’s through the 1920’s, are light-hearted and picturesque but understated vacation houses. Island House distills the essence of its seaside summer community, updating local traditions to accommodate the requirements of modern living. The round tower and gently flared gambrel roof give the sense of swelling volumes characteristic of the Shingle Style. The strong, continuous eave line helps to root the house to its site.

This house takes full advantage of the ocean view with its large windows and French doors. Dramatic repetition of pointed dormers places paired Marvin double hung windows on an angle to better capture the sweeping views to the water. A row of awning windows on the entry side wraps around a conical tower and continues onto a dormer, visually linking the separate forms. Durable Marvin windows were very important to this project, given the harsh year-round weathering. Marvin clad windows keep the weather out, requiring a minimum of maintenance, while staying true to the flavor of the place.