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Marlboro Music Cottages

Set on 15 acres in the foothills of the Green Mountains, the Marlboro Music Cottages provide accommodations for senior musicians during the college's classical music retreat. The five cabins replicate the 17th-century architecture native to the area with their steep gabled roofs and simple compact forms, while the addition of red cedar planks and Vermont slate roofing bring the structures into the modern era. Internally, the 7-foot walls and pitched ceilings are adorned with local white pine, allowing for an acoustically pleasing area for guests to gather and practice. The masses of timber are broken up by large glazed openings, taking advantage of the warm natural light and surrounding forest landscape.

Photos: HGA Architects and Engineers

  • Loctudy House

    Built for a photographer for both work and leisure, the Loctudy House combines a summer retreat and a studio in one sleek package. The home is made up of two structures — one housing the main living area and one used solely as a studio. Bedrooms are lofted above the ground to maximize space for communal areas. The smooth, monochromatic form is broken up by a series of seemingly sporadic, yet thoughtfully placed windows, allowing for light to flow in throughout the entire day while also allowing for views of the surrounding farmland.

    Photos: Olivier-Martin Gambier / Studio Razavi Architecture

  • Woodshed Guest House

    From the salvaged Douglas fir cladding to the gabled roofline, the Woodshed Guest House is greatly influenced by local architecture found throughout the Vermont foothills. The home is composed of two mirrored structures, joined together by an entryway and outdoor terrace. The southern wing is made up of three bedrooms, a kitchen, and living space for guests to stay while visiting the main house down the street, while the north end serves as a space for entertaining with a bar, lounge, and game room. Horizontal screens on the public end mask the interior from the street but also allow natural light to seep in through their cracks. On the opposite, private side, the timber siding is broken up by a glass facade, exposing views of the mountainous landscape.

    Photos: Jim Westphalen / Birdseye Design