Contemporary beach house only a few steps away from a masterwork of 20th-century architecture
Geographically exquisite Provincetown, Massachusetts, is a thin strip of low-rise buildings at the curved tip of Cape Cod. Despite its known bohemian summering artist, writers, painters, and a historic gay community – the town still has little contemporary architecture.
This contemporary beach house by Hariri & Hariri Architecture is located at the far end of Provincetown, only a few steps away from a masterwork of 20th-century architecture by Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus School.
The contemporary beach house has a two-storey structure with 3 bedrooms, loft like living/dining/kitchen area, large terrace and covered balcony spaces up above.
“The contours & curvature of the land combined with the city’s 23 feet height limit were used to develop a snug, intimate relationship between the architecture and the site,” explained the architects.
As the architects told 10 Stunning Homes: “Upon arrival one enters a one story sculptural volume wrapped in wood & faceted like a piece of rock as if it was just washed to the shore by the ocean.”
A glass-bridge structure connects a guest suite at the entry to the master suite over a double height living room down below. Ipe wood clads the top of the house and some of the interiors.
The open space living, dining, kitchen enclosed by glass and large sliding doors on the lower floor has polished concrete floors extending to a terrace with stunning views of the Cape Cod Bay.
“It is the master bathroom however that is very special, intimate, warm and almost Swedish sauna-like with the Crystalline Bathtub & Sink facetted just like the space itself,” said the architects.
A shared septic and geothermal heating & cooling system is in place serving the contemporary beach house and 4 smaller two-bedroom residences, expected to be built in the near future.
Photography courtesy of Hariri & Hariri Architecture