melavilla barn. bucksport, maine.
This 15 acre site has winter views to the Penobscot River with a gentle slope toward the river and open field bordered by woods. The building is located on the edge of the field so as not to infringe upon the open landscape.
Tall ceilings and windows provide a bright, airy space for gatherings. The clear-span roof is constructed of site-built Douglas Fir trusses. The added strut from collar-tie to wall creates an “implied” gambrel roof form on the interior. The light weight truss components and abundant natural light provide an uplifting gathering place. The sauna is a welcome “warm-up”, especially during Maine’s cold winters.
The layout of the greenhouse was determined by wheelchair access. The south-facing windows and skylights are arranged to allow a long, shallow plant table. The roof overhang will block the summer sun yet allow full penetration during the long, dark winter. Plants thrive during the winter!
Melavilla Barn is a very simple building that supports Jessica’s diverse needs under one roof. The Barn’s agrarian references are appropriate in their support of a simple mission - friends, family, health, comfort and life.