Spaces: Back to the Future

Old meets new in a sleek Belmont home.


Photograph by Richard Mandelkorn

The Problem

The owners of a summer house on Nantucket—where codes demand a traditional look—dreamed of building a more contemporary home in Belmont while maintaining elements of classic New England design.

The Solution

“We layered ancient history on Colonial history and then very modern history to come up with this hybrid building,” says Ray Pohl of Botticelli & Pohl Architects. Sandwiched between two gable-roofed wings, this glass-walled great room features concrete columns, metal windowpanes, and a wood-and-stone fireplace that unites the cooking, dining, and living spaces. “It’s a contemporary version of the very ancient element of the hearth,” Pohl says.