Coastal homes are extremely vulnerable to wind and flood damage—a fact made painfully clear when Hurricane Isabel ravaged Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2003. So when architect David Jameson was commissioned to design a vacation residence on a Chesapeake Bay barrier island, weather-resilient considerations were a top priority. The resulting House on Hoopers Island comprises a set of tasteful yet durable metal-clad cabins that have won numerous AIA awards over the years.
Located near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the 2,200-square-foot House on Hoopers Island enjoys views of a pristine estuarine marshland ecosystem, pine forest, and bay. The vacation residence consists of three main buildings elevated three feet above the base flood elevation and sits atop plinths made from concrete masonry. Inspired by the vernacular barns and fishing huts that survived Hurricane Isabel, the boxy cabins are visually linked by their exterior metal cladding, and are topped by sloped and coplanar rooflines.
House on Hoopers Island is split up into three main individual structures— the master cabin, guest cabin, and lodge—for easy maintenance and to accommodate different numbers of guests. When not in use, the separate cabins can be locked down or conditioned. A screen porch connects the three main buildings, and a sun deck extends from the lodge to the pool. The other onsite structures include a fire pit and art studio.
Images via David Jameson Architect