I-Kanda Architects

I-Kanda Architects

Charlestown, MA



The curved forms of this residential addition and garage were inspired by the client’s love of yachts and wood hull construction.

The rainscreen cladding of these sculptural volumes re-interprets traditional rooflines by streamlining elements such as trim, moldings, soffits, fascia and overhangs into a single fluid profile.

This project challenges conventional facade construction by pushing a material traditionally understood to be hard (wood planks) to take on a soft appearance via geometric form-making.

Here, the Ipe planks meet at the curved corners like the prow of a yacht, flaring outward to provide overhangs above walkways, windows and doors.

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Status: Built
Location: Chestnut Hill, MA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Project Team: I. Kanda, S. Hien, S. Chun
GC: Brite Builders
Structural: Structural Integrity
Photography: Matt Delphenich