Inside the Modern Nantucket Home of an Architect



Nantucket is an affluent zip code off the coast of Massachusetts known for its quintessentially New England charm, picture-perfect landscapes, and large shingled family compounds. During summer months, families flock to the picturesque island for sun-filled fun. Modern design probably isn't what you'd expect to find while strolling along the pebbled roads accented with hydrangeas, white picket fences, and beach cruisers—their building regulations are, in fact, quite strict. But while the locale is known for its preppy and nautical tendencies, one architect made it his mission to build a modern home for his extended family to enjoy while staying true to the surrounding landscape.

Andrew Kotchen, principal at Workshop APD, has been summering on Nantucket most of his life. Now with a family of his own, the island has become a place where he can enjoy time with his sister and her family with everyone under one roof. This is exactly what he envisioned when he built the Blackfish Lane home near the town of Siasconset. His main priority: drawing from the surrounding landscape to create a modern home that would accommodate multiple families. We chatted with the architect about the spacious summer home; take the tour to keep summer alive just a little bit longer.