Provincetown Residence Published by Architectural Digest

One of Twelve Residences Worldwide Highlighted in “Ravishing Vacation Rentals” Article


ALEXANDRIA, VA – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that their Provincetown Residence has been published by Architectural Digest.  The article “Ravishing Vacation Rentals” highlights twelve residences worldwide that offer “exquisite architecture and interiors.”

The 3,000 sf wood frame residence was designed to evoke the historical memory of Provincetown Harbor, whose shorelines once boasted hundreds of piers jutting into the water, through the expression of the wood pier structure of the house.  The massing on the second floor is set back reminiscent of the industrial fish and storage sheds that sat on top of the piers.  The materials are predominately wood and copper sheet metal with stainless steel cables and couplings that are detailed with a nod toward the boat building industry that so dominated the fishing village at the turn of the century.

“We are very happy that our work was recognized by Architectural Digest,”  says Michael Winstanley AIA AICP.  “It was really a thrill that our residence was included to be part of this group of exceptional properties from around the world.”

The Provincetown Residence won a national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA).  The Design Award of Honor was announced at SARA’s 55th Annual National Conference in San Diego, CA, late in 2011.

The Provincetown Residence also boasts numerous environmental attributes.  The south façade is predominantly glass and capitalizing on the passive solar gains in the winter while shaded by the second story sunshade in the summer.  Additional energy conservation design considerations include natural daylighting and natural ventilation.  The pier structure, much like its precedent, allows tidal surges, windblown sand and natural vegetation to migrate under and around the house without disturbing the natural ebb and flow of these systems.