The idea of living along the coast has an undeniable romance, but there is also the persistent, inescapable reality of erosion. It's happening—however slowly. Boston-based architects Peter Rose and Partners designed the East House in Chilmark, Massachusetts, on the popular vacation isle of Martha's Vineyard, with cast-in-place concrete panels that allow the unit to be lifted and relocated—in case the ground beneath it should begin to slip. The 4,000-square-foot house comprises several such concrete, box-like volumes—with 10-inch-thick walls—and features interiors finished with Douglas Fir and Alaskan Cedar. Wide operable windows help ventilate the entire house with a sea breeze.
∙ East House [Peter Rose and Partners]
∙ Peter Rose constructs Martha's Vineyard property as movable concrete blocks [Designboom]
∙ All Great Escapes posts [Curbed]