Little House on the Ferry
Located on an island in Penobscot Bay, Maine, this trio of seasonal cabins connected by a series of cedar decks and walkways provides a cozy yet private place for guests of the family who owns the summer home next door. Built on piers, the three small structures hover over what once was a granite quarry. In order to minimize the impact of building on the delicate recovering vegetation of the quarry, the cabins were constructed using black-spruce cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. Cut to the exact building form, the panels were used to create each cabin’s floor, walls, and roof. They were prefabricated in Quebec, then shipped via truck and ferry to the island. Using prefab panels reduced the construction impact on the site, and the structures went together over the course of a few days instead of weeks. Because the panels also provided a finished surface on the cabins’ interiors, interior work was minimal. Locally sourced unfinished Eastern white cedar was used for the exterior siding, trim, and sliding exterior panels. The cabins’ standing-seam metal roofs are painted dark gray.
Architect Riley Pratt, GO Logic, Belfast, Maine; gologic.us
Builder C.W. Conway and Sons, Vinalhaven, Maine
CLT panels Nordic Structures, Montreal, nordic.ca
Engineering Bensonwood, Walpole, N.H.; bensonwood.com
Photographs Trent Bell, trentbell.com