Whale Cottage

 

It was love at first sight when the clients saw the views from this bluff overlooking the open ocean. When they began to imagine a castle-inspired vacation home that would match the scale of the vista, they were delighted when partner Chuck Dietsche turned to Melville’s Moby-Dick as a way to come to terms with the epic task.  The result was a shingled cottage on a human scale with allusions to whaling and sandcastles that frames the views while providing balanced and contemplative spaces for rejuvenation and entertaining.

Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North Carolina
Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North Carolina
Whale Cottage was inspired by its setting and is an extension of the bluffs that surround it.
The Whale Cottage main room is spanned by arching white ribs with a vaulted open-construction ceiling above
Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North CarolinaCustom furniture in the main room inspired by sun, moon, and sea.
Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North Carolina
The stairway in Whale Cottage evokes secret passageways and the romance of coming above deck.
This Whale Cottage stairwell window offers a peak at the view from the vantage of a bowman’s lookout.
Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North CarolinaWhale Cottage was inspired by its setting and is an extension of the bluffs that surround it.
Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North Carolina
The master bedroom closet is a free-standing toy castle, shown from the inside with the door closed.
This serpentine boardwalk lures visitors to the beach.
Whale Cottage porch columns frame the views that inspired this epic retreat.

Featured in

 

Ocean Home

October/November 2012

Featured in

 

Haven Magazine

2009

 

Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North CarolinaWhale Cottage turret is topped with a widows-walk lined in fiberglass and teak benches for enjoying 360 views.
Whale Cottage, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, North Carolina

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