SPAN Architecture builds Astor Home on distant Maine coast

New York Town studio SPAN Architecture has completed a remote retreat in Maine on a assets that includes gardens and a teahouse informed by Chinese architecture.


Named Astor Home, the house is positioned on Maine’s rugged coastline, overlooking the waters of Western Bay. Encompassing around 200 acres (80.9 hectares) of land, the home serves as a retreat for a New York Town few.

The property was created on a property on the Maine coastline

The home the moment belonged to American socialite Brooke Astor, who attained an early fascination in China as a result of her travels as a baby when her father served in the US army. Her secluded Western Bay house served as a getaway for her and shut acquaintances, where by she constructed a pavilion and tea residence informed by Chinese architecture.

Its recent house owners to start with engaged Karen Stonely and Peter Pelsinski of SPAN Architecture several decades in the past for an condominium in Manhattan. They chose to do the job with the architects yet again to restore the property’s present tea home and pavilion, as nicely as develop a new guest house and primary dwelling for the owners, their loved ones, and good friends.

The house previously belonged to Brooke Astor
A Chinese pavilion on the site was renovated as part of the get the job done

“The meandering backyard garden and structures by late architect Robert Patterson have been meticulously restored and modernised,” mentioned SPAN Architecture. “SPAN’s larger masterplan for the residence incorporates these accessory constructions – the historic, Chinese-styled cottage now called the Pool Pavilion and the Teahouse as it was – to enhance a new guest dwelling as perfectly as a new major dwelling.”

The angled rooflines of the two these buildings offer you sights of the bay over and above the owner’s residing spaces, and produce sheltered outdoor places for socialising and gathering.

The project is in Maine, US
The new constructions have angled rooflines

SPAN Architecture developed the guest household to start with, as a way of screening sure style and design concepts that would afterwards be applied to the most important residence. This lesser creating sits a little bit further away from the h2o than the most important household, which also allows hold it out of sight.

The primary residence’s lowest degree includes five bedrooms and is partially sunken into the landscape, opening on one particular facet to the exterior. This makes a plinth for the upper tales, which comprise all of the home’s public spaces, and the owner’s bed room higher than.

“The experience of going for walks by way of the household parallels that of meandering via the landscape,” mentioned SPAN Architecture. “The exact way that the landscape offers ever-altering vistas, surprise, delight and a feeling of discovery, the system makes a slim entrance that provides just a hint, to visitors, of the open, double-height residing area beyond, with the kitchen area in one more direction entirely.”

The key bedroom occupies the best ground of the household and enjoys a wraparound terrace that overlooks the other outdoor areas. Full-height glass partitions on 3 sides produce a entire immersion in the site’s lush pure surroundings.

The property is located on Maine's rugged coast
A wraparound terrace delivers panoramic sights from the principal bedroom

SPAN Architecture’s content palette was based on nearby materials, as very well as exploration on the tea house and pavilion’s authentic architect. Nearby cedar, Douglas fir, and stone from the very same quarry as used for the earlier creating were being applied through the interiors.

An eclectic range of home furniture pieces rounds out the decor. “A charming component of the furnishing is that outdated and new fortunately co-exist antique and vintage decor contrasts with other, extra modern-day sculptural elements,” stated SPAN Architecture.

SPAN Architecture designed the project
Eclectic home furnishings capabilities through the dwelling

Other waterfront homes in Maine contain a cedar-clad dwelling by Caleb Johnson that sits on strong wooden stilts, and a property break up into two parts connected by a tall glass atrium that architects Maria Berman and Brad Horn developed for by themselves on Vinalhaven Island.

The pictures is by Rob Karosis.