HGA Architects have designed a group of cottages ( Marlboro Music Cottages)  to provide senior musicians accommodation at the Marlboro College campus in Marlboro, Vermont. Since 1951, generations of classical musicians have participated in Marlboro Music, a seven-week summer festival where young musicians collaborate alongside master artists on the tiny Marlboro College campus. These cottages serve as residences for senior musicians during Marlboro College’s seven-week summer festival, Marlboro Music. Sited on 15 acres in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the design of the cottages was inspired by the Cape Cod cottage, a 400-year-old typology derived from 17th century English settlers’ dwellings in New England.

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The small footprints, sloped roofs, compact volumes, and indigenous materials fit snuggly into the lush Vermont landscape of rolling hills and streams and respond in a modern contextual way to the farm buildings on Marlboro College’s campus. The home retains many of the rustic aspects of a barn – exposed brick walls and wood beams, and other wood accents – but is thoroughly reformed to serve as a comfortable home in the countryside. Housing senior musicians on a15-acre site adjacent to campus, these five cottages find inspiration from the campus vernacular, reinterpreting the familiar Cape Cod forms of gabled roofs and unadorned walls into a modern expression that still blends with the setting. Inside, large operable windows frame views of the forest and fill each room with daylight.

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