Hutker Architects

Whale Fall

This home is the revival of an original designed by architect Steven Holl. Inspired by a passage in Melville’s Moby Dick, where Native Americans stretched animal hides over a beached whale skeleton for shelter, the house received a Progressive Architecture Citation in 1986 and an AIA National Honor Award in 1999. When the current owners acquired the property, years of neglect had taken their toll. Hutker Architects was hired to re-build the home in a manner that captured the spirit of the original. The team maintained Holl’s inside-out balloon frame – a rectangular prism with articulated wooden “bones” framing views of nature beyond, while incorporating features that add to its durability and narrative. Several defining new elements, such as an ambitious energy profile and additional living space, ensure that the home will prove both progressive and comfortable by contemporary standards.

Living area promote conversation and connection by he fireplace with full-wall glazing on the waterfront-facing sides Kitchen counter with sink looks out over backyard view, with custom cabinetry to support homeowners lifestyle Counter seating at kitchen island provides a hangout area
Suspended porch swing situated between sharply angled, fully-glazed walls, providing an outdoor-feeling experience, indoors Ajar wooden door peaks in at the half bath, with a view down the corridor to the staircase, reminiscent of a yacht Natural wood and driftwood details of this dining table reflect the home's dune location, connecting the home to its place Ajar wooden door peaks in at the half bath, with a view down the corridor to the staircase, reminiscent of a yacht
Large window in downstairs bath brings in a calming environment with lots of air flow Luxurious bathtub sits besides a window with a view out to the Atlantic Ocean, a spa-like shower in the back The master bed faces the open windows, providing the occupants with a view out to the ocean. Built in bed shelving provides extra storage space
The home employs a green roof, further embedding the home into its surrounding landscape An indoor table with endless sightlines over the rooftop terrace, green roof and Atlantic Ocean. A roof deck with ample seating and unobstructed views of the dunes and Atlantic Ocean beyond, neighbored by a green roof with growing flora An indoor table with endless sightlines over the rooftop terrace, green roof and Atlantic Ocean.