In modern architecture, lateral bracing, which prevents the building from blowing over, is often obvious and visible. In vintage architecture, traditional forms and fenestration leave little physical space for bracing elements; consequently, bracing is often minimal and inadequate.
ART Architects found themselves in a conundrum: High above the sea on Maine’s beautiful windswept coastline, this new shingle-style home would be remarkably exposed to the destructive force of ocean winds, yet the traditional design aesthetic wouldn’t leave physical space for typical structural bracing solutions.
Siegel Associates was enlisted to create structural bracing solutions so well blended with the architecture that they would be invisible to the owners but robust enough to withstand a century’s worth of Nor’easters.
Steve and his team combined staggered steel moment frames, double-sided exterior shear walls, and non-stacking interior shear walls into a hidden bracing solution. This allowed this house to interact with the natural environment while being undisturbed by it. What appears to be a simple hilltop house, gently immersed in the surrounding scene, is
Meyer and Meyer Architects