The clients’ love of nautical imagery inspired this 5,500 SF house that sits on an inlet on Martha’s Vineyard. The overall organization of the building is based on a series of three long bar-shaped structures supported by columns. Like wharves or piers in a harbor, they extend into the landscape. A series of vessel-shaped buildings are attached to these pier-like structures. Each vessel has a different size, orientation, and shape, dictated by the program needs. The largest of these vessels is the living/dining room, which is oriented parallel to the water and whose roof takes on the character of an up-turned ship’s hull. The profile of the hull’s spine narrows in a graceful arc down to a series of giant concrete piers that carry the structure. The details and joinery strongly reflect the craft of boat building.