Our clients approached us with a entirely new challenge for our firm – to design a new home utilizing the principles and geometry of Vastu Shastra, a traditional Hindu system of architecture – while also incorporating elements of traditional New England architecture and modern design. Vastu Shastra is centuries old and complex in its interpretations and implementations, but the basic themes are core elements of central space, peripheral zones, direction with respect to sunlight, and relative functions of the spaces. This is most often represented around divided grids with designated areas for household uses. This home was designed for a family of three, and based on a nine-square grid. In warmer climates the center “square” would be an open courtyard, but was reinterpreted here to be a living room with a large central skylight system to bring the outdoors in. Ringed around the center are the kitchen, entry, temple, stair, guest bedroom, dining room, playroom, and family room. Upstairs, the bedrooms are divided over two areas – occupying three “squares” on opposite sides of the home. This arrangement is represented on the exterior of the house in the two second story gable-roofed volumes. The exterior of the home is clad in a mix of wood clapboard and wood board and battens, and has the unusual landscape features of a front-yard pool, sculpted grass mounds and an expansive serene yard with play area. Inside the finishes and furniture are a welcoming mix of simple neutrals, touches of bright color, and a sense of playfulness. Spaces are divided by integrated walnut shelving, wood screens, a glass stair and a brass clad central fireplace – which create an open, easy flow throughout the home.
The front facade showcases the "water quadrant" of the home that features a pool, pergola and a koi pond. Greg Premru Photography
The rear facade of our Blue Hills project features the "air quadrant" where the landscape is meant to be playful yet serene. Greg Premru Photography
The central living room’s seating area is flanked by two walnut dividers and centered around a brass-cladded fireplace and skylight. Greg Premru Photography
The kitchen features a custom-made walnut split counter top that is accented with a mirrored vine tile backsplash. Greg Premru Photography
The family room is the main gathering place of the home and double’s as a sunroom that faces the “Earth” section of the landscape—showcasing the hills and greenery through a large glass window wall. Greg Premru Photography