An architect enlists his former Yale professor to help build Chilmark House, a family retreat awash in ocean views that references the area’s agrarian past.

Aaron Schiller approached his former Yale professor, architect Alan Organshi of Gray Organshi Architecture, for mentorship and collaboration on the design and construction of a multigenerational residence for his family in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, where they’ve lived since the 1950s. The resulting Chilmark House respects the town’s long agrarian heritage, and provides plenty of social and private spaces across 6,200 square feet for three generations of Schillers. 

The Chilmark House exterior is clad in shou sugi ban siding and roofed with zinc.

The Chilmark House exterior is clad in shou sugi ban siding and roofed with zinc. 

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"The house features two distinct approaches," says Schiller. "The family arrives via a long dirt road to the back side of the house, shaped as a single-story barn. Below the house, guests park in a dirt pull-off and arrive via a long grass path through meadow grasses, entering the house from the south via a wide, glue-laminated exterior stair."

“The house features two distinct approaches,” says Schiller. “The family arrives via a long dirt road to the back side of the house, shaped as a single-story barn. Below the house, guests park in a dirt pull-off and arrive via a long grass path through meadow grasses, entering the house from the south via a wide, glue-laminated exterior stair.”

Courtesy of David Sundberg/Esto

Located on a former sheep-grazing meadow, the house overlooks Chilmark pond, spectacular views of the Atlantic to the south, and is fringed by a series of iconic, meandering Chilmark stone fences.   

Aaron Schiller provided the shou sugi ban louvers that enclose the dining space and create privacy from the entry path.

Aaron Schiller provided the shou sugi ban louvers that enclose the dining space and create privacy from the entry path.

Courtesy of David Sundberg/Esto

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Student and Teacher Team Up on a Multi-Generational Martha’s Vineyard Abode

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