Charles Rose Architects

Charles Rose Architects

Somerville, MA


Polly Hill Arboretum, Visitors Center

Framed with Douglas fir, these simple, airy boxes nestle into the woodlands of this beloved island nature sanctuary. For the interior of the main building, we designed furniture that can be moved and reconfigured as needs dictate. The space is a gift shop and information center during the day; at night it can be adapted for lectures and presentations. Each building has large roof overhangs that offer shading and protection from rough weather. Awning windows allow in island breezes. A rustic trellis topped with native locust boughs links the two buildings.

Read more

Status: Built
Location: Martha's Vineyard, MA