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Featured project: September 28, 2021
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In Martha’s Vineyard stands a stunning holiday home built by Robert Young Architects, favourably angled towards views of the surrounding meadows and the Atlantic Ocean. The project, dubbed Nebraska by the Sea, was designed for entertaining during the summer months, and everything about it — from volume to aesthetics — reflects this.

Topped by a curved sloping roof, the home features airy double-height volumes that reach 5 meters (16 feet) at its highest point. Meant to accommodate several families at the same time, the living areas are arranged in an open-plan layout, encouraging interaction between guests while also allowing enough space for individuals looking for some time to themselves.

The private spaces are divided into two wings, with the adults’ bedrooms on one side and the younger guest’s quarters on the other. The master bedroom is located on the second floor at one end of the build, with a view over the 13-acre property.

The holiday dwelling enjoys a constant stream of natural light via numerous glazing and clerestory windows.  The entire front-facing façade is fitted with sliding glass doors, which open up to a wooden deck protected overhead by the roof’s overhang. During the hottest months, its dwellers are encouraged to live with the doors and windows wide open, a sustainability feature that Young factored in to optimise the home’s energy profile.

Despite its vast volumes, Nebraska by the Sea manages to exude an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy, making it a comfortable space for large groups, and perfectly liveable for a single family without seeming out of scale.