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everything is built of shingles or siding, with combinations or interpretations of
the traditional Nantucket style. The result is that new homes, set randomly in
the terrain, weather and blend into the landscape. The approach would be best
compared to Sea Ranch in California and the work of McKay Sweetapple in Nova
Scotia - simple forms and natural materials with a reference to traditional construction. As a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, I
am aware of architects' apparent inability to respond to context without making
personal statements. When we do "traditional style" buildings, they are too often
executed poorly, in my opinion. There is a lack of appreciation and understanding of
traditional methods of construction. It is a secret pleasure as an architect to witness
the opposite on Nantucket.
On this far-off island, there is also a sense of loneliness to the rugged terrain of
sand roads and almost barren landscapes. In the mornings, there is usually a cool
and damp grey fog that gives the island its second name. It separates the island
inhabitants both from the outside world and from one another. The grey buildings are
consumed by the fog. It reminds you that the early life of the islanders was harsh and
dangerous. The ocean, for all its beauty, is unforgiving. Unlike a science fiction thriller,
the dome of fog lifts but not until after it's taken its penance. The New England fog
grounded many whaling ships and has sent private planes to their grave off the coast.
The children, of course, were part of the decision to return to the Grey Lady and make it
a special place for us. Nantucket is safe; it is difficult of get lost - the island is too small.
Everyone goes to the beach. Yes, there are seals, riptides and the reports of sharks off
the coast. Jaws was filmed off Martha's Vineyard, we like to say. Is there a better place
to gather a family than under an umbrella with a cooler, looking out over the ocean? The
family is gathered around and the grandkids are playing in the sand. Right now, I can
almost hear the ferry boat horn giving the signal that we can start to board.
ALEX TEMPORALE is principal of ATA Architects in Toronto and Oakville. He is a Director of the Built
Environment Open Forum and a member of The Right Angle Editorial Committee

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