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knox county, Maine

Designed for an active, extended family to use throughout the year, this collection of buildings provides a range of public and private spaces to gather together and quietly retreat.  The architectural forms draw on compositions of old farm buildings that dot the landscape in inland Maine, many now abandoned and reclaimed by forest.  The exterior of the building is clad in charred wood—a material used widely in Scandinavia and Japan—which allows the buildings to dissolve into the shadows of the forest.  The main interior space is robustly framed with a timber frame built of salvaged heart pine from an old New England mill.   The house employs Passive House techniques, as well as geothermal wells and photovoltaic panels, to greatly reduce its energy usage.

Photography © Rob Karosis