Reinventing the Farmhouse
An architect uses the site itself to guide his take on a traditional style.
Synopsis:After clients asked him to design a house in a large meadow outside of Freeport, Maine, architect Rob Whitten presented them with an idea for a farmhouse situated not in the center of the meadow but to the rear, which would give them a full view of the meadow and use the trees on the edge of the meadow as a windbreak. Whitten’s entire design flowed organically from this attention to the site. After determining the location of the house, he imagined an arrival sequence that determined the locations of the driveway, the garage, and the entries. As the arrival sequence continued inside the house, Whitten created the floor plan. With all of that in place, he finished his design with transitional spaces linking the inside with the outside.
Rimmed on the north by a mixed forest, the wide grassy field fell gently to the south, toward the…