This gorgeous summer cottage reminiscent of the World War II-era submarine towers in Boston combines the rustic quality of hand-cut fieldstone with modern forms. San Francisco-based VIF Studio razed the existing dilapidated cottage and built a new home with a sophisticated look and high performance characteristics. The house won the 2014 Marvin Windows and Doors Architects Challenge Showdown, beating out 149 other entrants.
Located on a hillside in the Boston Harbor area, VIF Studio’s Summer Cottage is a two-story home that offers 180-degree views of the harbor. The team, led by architect Lian Eoyang, razed the existing dilapidating cottage and built a rustic house that features raised ceilings, full-length windows and a façade made from hand-cut fieldstone. Built as one of the two guesthouses at an estate of Longfellow Foundations, the house draws on the New England architectural heritage and combines it with a minimalist look and functionality.
The interior spaces provide an optimal level of intimacy but, thanks to its full-length windows and high ceilings, boasts an abundance of natural light. An intimate garden tucked away behind a retaining wall is shared with the other summer cottage, while the roof angles downward to create a more domestic feel.
Photos by Bob O’Connor Photography