coastal

bar harbor mood board by Claire Grotz


The early stages of design development for Bar Harbor, started with a materials mood board. The design for Bar Harbor was inspired by the overall concept of transporting the Atlantic Northeast to the Pacific Northwest.  As a result, the design takes inspiration from New England coastal eateries, using natural wood, hand painted elements and nautical details to recall the characteristics of a Maine lobster shack experience reinterpreted for a contemporary northwest context. Happy Mood Board Monday! 

ELEMENTAL’s OchoQuebradas | “The Spirit of the Primitive” by Unknown

















ELEMENTAL’s design concept for this coastal weekend house is inspired by the idea that “a weekend house is ultimately a kind of retreat where people allowed themselves to suspend the conventions of life and go back to a more essential living.” 
















 Simple composition of three masses forms the house, carving out space, like a cave, to enhance the spirit of the primitive within the occupier. One of the special features in the living room is that it can be opened to the outdoors with a central open fire. 






The lower horizontal mass contains the main living space, the upper mass hosts the bedroom and bathrooms, and both masses are connected with the third skewed mass that serves as a light well and chimney for the open fire. The architect feels that the chimney, or the third mass, is the center piece of the house.