Rocky Neck, Gloucester

1999-2000
2,700 sq. ft., new construction
Glenn Johnstone architecture

Built over a beach in Gloucester Harbor, this 3 story multi-use building offered great logistical and design challenges such as driving 32 twenty four foot long pilings on precise points (less than 1” error tolerance) over a warped beach plane, specifying the pre-cast concete planks that make up the first floor deck/wharf, specifying and erecting a 2 story steel structure and building this highly customized structure on a postage stamp size, Northeast-facing lot over a New England winter.

Similar to the Pierce Estates house, this was in large part an architect-assisted design-build project. GCB was responsible for obtaining the complicated DEP, ZBA and PB permits, the detailing of the traditional gable end trim, soffits and corner boards, the mechanical systems and the structural engineering design direction. This is the home, sales and workspace for MG’s parents who were both artists.

The water facing this side of the building takes the brunt of each Nor'easter.  During astronomical high tides combined with a storm, the ocean will inundate the streets and buildings  on this part of Rocky Neck.  Designs to let water rapidly flood into and out of the structure are critical to prevent it from floating off of its pilings and rotting from within its walls.

Old Sudbury

Silver Hill

Weston Road

Pierce Estates

Todd Pond

Rocky Neck

Horseshoe Lane

Garden Room