2017 Best of Design Award for Residential – Interior: Chilmark House
Architect: Gray Organschi Architecture and Aaron Schiller of Schiller Projects
Location: Chilmark, Massachusetts
These simple, dark buildings are approached via a farm road that winds through the town’s dense thicket of scrub oak. A broad stair links a large south-facing porch back to the farm road and provides pedestrian access through the field to the beaches beyond. Drawing on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, the firm sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them and providing the approach to the house’s entrance. Colors were carefully chosen to balance with the changing seasons while materials were selected for longevity and their connection to the area’s natural textures.
“The views threaten to steal the show here, but for me it’s really about those interior finishes. They’re so rich. There’s a natural beauty and a warmth to these spaces, which manage to be clean and contemporary without feeling severe. ” —Morris Adjmi, principal, Morris Adjmi Architects (juror)
A “sleeping capsule” inside this 2,500-square-foot West Village apartment accommodates a second level for bedrooms while maintaining the architectural integrity of the industrial loft. The black oak stairs leading up to the cantilevered wood suite divide the dining area and den below into two distinct zones.