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March 2012
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Topic of the Month: A Cape Cod Vacation Home

Architectural Firm of the Month: Hammer Architects

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Architectural Firm of the Month: Hammer Architects
Hammer Cape Cod 1Hammer Architects has built a substantial portfolio encompassing academic, commercial and residential projects. Much of our work focuses on designs involving renovations and additions and often requires a sensitive integration of new construction with an existing historic or architecturally significant structure. Although the style of our work may vary, our designs consistently reflect a strong respect for context. Our goal is to create well designed buildings that are appropriate to their surroundings and make a significant contribution to their environment.

The size of our firm allows us to maintain close collaborative relationships and provide substantial principal involvement in all phases of our commissions. Our technical commitment enables us to arrive at innovative solutions, in response to our clients' budgets, schedules and program objectives, and our experience permits us to discover creative ways to fulfill our clients' expectations.

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Topic of the Month: A Cape Cod Vacation Home       

Hammer Cape Cod 2Spring is the time of year when many people start looking forward to their summer vacations and spending time near the ocean or at the beach. This is the case for one family who visits Cape Cod each year to stay in their vacation home in Wellfleet. The house has been renovated by architect Mark Hammer of Hammer Architects in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts, and is now a much more open space with filtered light, natural ventilation, warm colors and more people-friendly living areas.

The house was built in 1953 and was originally designed by architect Nathaniel Saltonstall, who came from a prominent New England family and was one of the founders of The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He spent a lot of time on Cape Cod and founded The Colony Club which was an outpost for local artists and patrons who collected their work. His genteel, regional approach to Modernism was popular with his clients, many of whom were wealthy art collectors. Saltonstall was a trustee of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and established the Nathanial Saltonstall Arts Fund, supporting many cultural institutions through sales of works in his collection. Saltonstall built many homes in the Wellfleet area, including this one.

According to architect Mark Hammer, a primary objective of the project was to bring the main living areas to the center of the house and to create separate wings to accommodate different household members. The new plan relocates the kitchen from the original maid's wing, permitting family activities to be centered in the house, and provides a new dining room, outdoor dining terrace, a master bedroom suite and indoor lap pool with an adjacent patio. Hammer explains, "There was a bedroom on one side of the house and the wing on the other side had been the servant's wing with a kitchen, laundry, maid's room and garage. We moved the kitchen and the diningroom into the center of the house and added a third wing for the parents so that now there are three wings. One is a guest wing, one is the children's wing and one is the parent's wing. The center of the house now includes a livingroom which we renovated, a new kitchen, and a new diningroom."

"We managed to accommodate all of the members of the family quite comfortably. The grandmother has her own suite, the kids have their own space, and the parents have their own area with a master suite with its own private outdoor shower. Each one of these spaces has an adjacent outdoor space."

The interior of the house is decorated with warm colors, natural materials and large windows that allow a lot of light to filter in. Hammer explains, "The high clerestory windows open up so the house doesn't need to be air conditioned most of the summer. Even though it's a summer home, it stays very cool by natural ventilation. We also put in windows down low so that the air comes in from below and is exhausted up high. The windows bring in a lot of natural light and because they are underneath the overhanging roof, they can be left open without worrying about keeping the house cool when it's rainy outside."

Creating comfortable, inviting outdoor spaces was also an objective when renovating the house so that the family could enjoy the summer season and have room to entertain guests. "We created outside spaces, including a terrace with a pergola shaped structure, a deck that is open to the sun, and a screened porch, which was retained from the existing house. We tried to provide different kinds of outdoor rooms because the house is much more heavily used in the summer by relatives and friends, so we wanted to expand the house by creating these outside rooms."

An indoor pool was another new feature of the house, which was requested by the current owners. "The third wing, which leads to the master bedroom, also connects to a stairway that goes down to the pool. We used the topography of the site to create the pool, as the site sloped at the rear of the house and allowed the pool to be built under the master bedroom wing." Hammer chose to use Glacier Blue® Devonian Sandstone for the pool coping, as the pale blue color compliments the pool and lends itself to keeping cool during summer months. There is access to the outdoors from the pool through sliding glass doors that lead out to a rolling landscape.

In every aspect of the renovation of this home, Hammer has been successful in re-designing the house to serve as the perfect, family-friendly summer retreat. 


Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 



Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture  

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit:

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
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