Ocean House designed by Roger Ferris + Partners on Rhode Island

A blend of contemporary and traditional elements inspired by the naval tradition of New England

by Malcolm Clark
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Ocean House by Roger Ferris + Partners is located on the coast of Rhode Island and consists of a “mixture” of contemporary and traditional elements.

The house is about 510 square meters in size and is made up of “modules” of connected gables, evocative of traditional New England boat sheds.

The marshy land has limited the usability of the area, determining the position and orientation of the building. The west elevation offers wonderful views of the coastline and the interior space extends outside on a wooden terrace which is the main outdoor living space. The spaces between the various modules of the house are covered walkways that provide shelter from the strong winds that characterize the area.

The main entrance has a wooden ramp, 12 meters long, that reminds us of the nearby shipyards, the latter leading to the entrance located between two modules and suitably protected. The terrace of the kitchen, to the left of the entrance, captures sunlight in the morning, while the pool, on the right, is located on the leeward side for protection from the onshore winds.

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    Ocean House

    Rhode Island / United States / 2009