Now in its ninth year, the Marvin Architects Challenge recognizes architects for projects that exhibit superior design in the categories of Contemporary, Best Transitional, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition and Best Commercial, along with one Best in Show winner. With projects ranging from a seacoast vacation home to a historic town hall and even a 380-square-foot tiny guesthouse, these structures represent some of the most popular trends in the industry and challenges that are at the forefront of architects’ minds.
Winner: Best Traditional New Construction
Little camp is a direct response to its context. Its site is next to an old, ramshackle camp that the homeowners had rented for years. When they had a chance to build for themselves on the adjacent site, they wanted to capture the spirit of their beloved old camp. To achieve this, the new camp is composed of exposed rafter tails, an entirely wood interior, and tree trunk posts on the porch. The advantage of the new camp is that it can be occupied year ‘round, even though it is geared towards informal summer living.
The plan of Little Camp is largely one room deep to encourage cross ventilation and take advantage of water views to the north and admit sunlight from the south. A low profile was achieved by keeping the bedrooms contained within the sweeping gambrel to single pitch roof. The main house is complemented by a compact guest house and separate workshop with compatible, but simplified details.
Jacob Albert was recognized as the winner of the “Best Traditional New Construction” category in Marvin Architects Challenge 2017. The jury praised the material selection and composition for giving this new construction home the feeling that it had been there for years and fits appropriately into its surroundings. “The traditional interiors and window selection creates inviting spaces with unexpected nooks and alcoves that give this home timeless charm.”