Hawk Rise, Nantucket
with Lyman Perry Architects
Project completed while a Principal with Stephen Stimson Associates
An existing house near the shore was replaced with a main house, guest house and garage 700 feet inland, so that a mid-ground view of the property could be captured and adjacent shoreline houses could be screened. Stone retaining walls organized the building complex just below the high point on the site, and extended into building facades and chimneys to ground the architecture in the landscape. Existing shrub moorland was selectively cut and thinned to create views through a savannah-like landscape of meadow, lawn and wolf trees. A pool house and cabana close to the shore were largely screened from the house view by these wolf trees. Wind and weather extremes as well as deer pressure influenced the planting palette to be a simple mix of native and well adapted trees, shrubs and grasses.