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Cornell University Third Year Spring 2011 Professor J. Wells House for Three Sisters is located on an island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. A narrativ… Read More
Cornell University Third Year Spring 2011 Professor J. Wells House for Three Sisters is located on an island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. A narrative about the three Stettheimer sisters was presented; Florine, the reclusive artist, Ettie, the extroverted socialite and writer, and Carrie, the motherly housewife and craftswoman. The plan of the residence was derived from the overlaid geometries of a circle, triangle, and square. The first floor level consists of a fairly open floor plan, with a large kitchen and living space, as well as a large gallery space for the artist. The second floor level is divided into three separate and distinct private living spaces for the three sisters, according to their specific needs. House for Three Sisters is sited on a north-facing hill overlooking Penobscot Bay. The southern facade is a solar wall screen, to generate power for the building as well as creating a balcony space for one of the sisters. As one approaches the residence an axis is formed, creating a sequence which hinges off of the driveway. This axis runs from the small garage over a bridge through the solar wall into the residence. Passing through the building, the axis continues out toward the water with a stair tower bringing the path down to sea level where it terminates with a dock extending into the bay. Read Less
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House for Three Sisters islocated on an island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. A narrative about the threeStettheimer sisters was presented; Florine, the reclusive artist, Ettie, theextroverted socialite and writer, and Carrie, the motherly housewife and craftswoman.

The plan of the residence was derived from the overlaid geometries of a circle,triangle, and square. The first floor level consists of a fairly open floorplan, with a large kitchen and living space, as well as a large gallery spacefor the artist. The second floor level is divided into three separate anddistinct private living spaces for the three sisters, according to theirspecific needs.

House for Three Sisters is sited on a north-facing hill overlooking PenobscotBay. The southern facade is a solar wall screen, to generate power for thebuilding as well as creating a balcony space for one of the sisters. As oneapproaches the residence an axis is formed, creating a sequence which hingesoff of the driveway. This axis runs from the small garage over a bridge throughthe solar wall into the residence. Passing through the building, the axiscontinues out toward the water with a stair tower bringing the path down to sealevel where it terminates with a dock extending into the bay.

CornellUniversity
Third Year
Spring 2011
Professor J. Wells
 First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
South Elevation
North Elevation