Designing an artist studio on Monhegan island
Monhegan Island, Maine lies nearly 12 nautical miles off shore and has functioned as an artist colony since approximately 1890. The island has remained automobile-free which lends to the picturesque nature of the place. The design exercise expanded on this character by prescribing a collection of single unit artist cabins located on the hills within walking distance of the village.
The driving force of the design was the attempt to retain an openness to nature while maintaining sustainable ideals. The large glazed wall is oriented toward the south to capture the winter sun while deep overhangs prevent the heat build up during the summer months. The choice of building materials introduces to the island a play between man-made steel and glass with the local wood and stone. The local materials emerge out of the hillside and communicate with the foreign reaching toward the sky.
University of Miami
Graduate Design Studio II, Spring 2011
Instructor: Jacob Brillhart