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Book - A Sense of Place: Houses on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod

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Thirteen exquisite houses create a portrait of life in one of America's most exclusive coastal destinations, along the beaches of Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod.

Hutker Architects, led by founding principal Mark A. Hutker, has designed more than three hundred houses along the New England shore. A member of the close community on Martha's Vineyard since his arrival in 1985, Hutker has become an expert at interpreting the ideal lifestyles of his clients within the respected traditions and restrictive codes of the beautiful but fragile environment.

In their design and construction, these houses honor the vernacular traditions of craft and indigenous materials, are deeply respectful of the cherished landscape, and demonstrate a lively range of solutions to building on the bluffs and dunes that line the shores of the Vineyard and Cape Cod. A working organic farm fulfills a family's dream of simpler values; a luxurious renovation saves the best of an antique shingle cottage while transforming it for contemporary family life and a raised structure clad in naturally weathered boards combines the legacy of midcentury regional modern architecture with Cape Cod's maritime tradition.

The firm is committed to the principle “Build once, well,” looking to the historic architecture of the region and the inherited experience of its carpenters and craftspeople as inspiration for contemporary design. The result is an architecture that is at once adaptable and livable, yet enduring, efficient, inevitable, and appropriate.

The houses sit lightly on the land, deferring to their surroundings, often built as a series of modest pavilions linked by passages or grouped to enclose an outdoor space. Creative design solutions—a light-filled gallery running the full length of a house, a continuous wall of sliding glass doors—make houses both open to views, but protective in a storm. Specially commissioned photography captures the craftsmanship and the settings of the houses, from dramatic bluffs overlooking the sea to secluded coves and rolling meadows filled with wildflowers, creating a unique portrait of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.

About the author (2015):
Mark Hutker has been designing houses throughout New England for nearly thirty years. His firm, Hutker Architects, with offices in Falmouth, on the Cape, and in Vineyard Haven, is recognized for its high level of design and craftsmanship and commitment to sustainability with awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art as well as Builder Magazine and Custom Home Design. Hutker is active in the Vineyard community, having served on the West Tisbury Historic Commission and the board of Island Elderly Housing, and committed to architectural education as co-founder of the Lyceum Fellowship Committee, which funds travel grants for architecture students. Hutker is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the New England Design Hall of Fame.

Bibliographic information:
Title: A Sense of Place: Houses on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod
Authors: Mark A. Hutker, Philip Regan, Marc Kristal, Charles Orr, Jim Cappuccino
Edition: illustrated
Publisher: The Monacelli Press, LLC, 2015
Length: 223 pages

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