The more the merrier, right? Maine-based architects Go Logic have taken the issue of "separate bedrooms" to a whole new level with their latest project, Little House on the Ferry. The home, located on a remote island off the coast of Maine, is actually comprised of three wooden cabins connected by a series of terraced decks, all constructed using low-impact Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT ) panels and various energy-efficient features.
The main cabin contains the living and dining areas and the bedrooms are located in the two smaller cabins. All of thee buildings were constructed using the low-impact CLT panels that were transported to the remote Maine island by boat. The architects, who take a near-zero energy approach to their projects, chose the material for its durable and efficient qualities, something especially important for a residence in such a remote area with harsh seasons.
The cabins have a number of energy-saving features on the interior such as an ample cross ventilation system that keeps the overall energy use and costs low. Additionally, sliding wooden shutters on the cabins’ windows provide natural light and shade when necessary, further reducing the need for electricity.
Go Logic architect Riley Pratt explained to Dezeen that it was the firm’s first time using CLT panels, which ultimately allowed for greater precision, making it easier to conform the cabins to the craggy landscape. The odd arrangement of the timber structures also helped create a “loosely enclosed outdoor space” that allows for incredible views of the surrounding area and multiple points of access, providing a bit of privacy for both residents and guests.
“The owner refers to them as her monopoly houses,” said Pratt. “You see them on the hillside when you come in from the ferry. They’re meant to weather and fit into the landscape.”
Photography by Trent Bell