TELLER HOUSE

1998 MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA

The Teller House on Martha’s Vineyard occupies a gently sloping, sparsely vegetated site in rural Chilmark. The program was deceptively simple: a modest summer house for a creative family with collective and independent pursuits. The architectural solution is rooted in our reading of the local vernacular—particularly the dense confluence of shacks in the local fishing village, where the buildings themselves were less interesting than the spaces between. The programmatic elements were divided: one for adults, one for children, and one for the family as a whole. Each building sits under the umbrella of a huge screened porch—the most significant space of the house—defined by the three buildings that slice through or are embedded in it.

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