Epstein Joslin Architects

Featured Work

Rockport Residence

Rockport, MA

The Rockport Residence is a vacation home situated within a family compound in a tightly organized seaside residential neighborhood. Fit within the zoning envelope and roof line of a previous residential structure and garage on the property, the home has been completely rebuilt, as has the surrounding topography. New exterior finishes, doors, and windows offer the interiors of the house to "breathe" and connect directly with the spectacular beauty of the surrounding property. Stone-framed terraces have been added on all sides of the house, raising the ground to that of the first floor level, allowing activities to flow easily between inside and out. The interior ground floor has been modified significantly. The kitchen, dining, living, reading nooks and TV rooms have been organized within a modulated open plan. Varied activities of family and friend can take place separately while still being visually and aurally connected. The upper level offers bedrooms and baths, with full room-width sliding doors, open to a surrounding "ship's deck" that seemingly hovers over the ocean. The lower level offers game and exercise rooms that benefit from their seclusion from the remainder of the house. In total, the residence celebrates vast vistas and gentle breezes over the Atlantic Ocean from both intimate spaces within the house and structured gardens surrounding the house, all while enjoying privacy from the traffic of the immediate neighborhood.

Photos copyright Robert Benson (1,2, 24), Neil Alexander (3-12, 23), and Eric Roth (13-22)

Project Completion Date

Summer 2017

Project Cost

Not disclosed

Project Size

5,400 GSF


Not disclosed




Alan Joslin FAIA, Principal-in-Charge
Arthur Pinkham, Project Architect & Manager
Jaime Bustos, Designer

Consultants for design team

Landscape Architect: Steven Stimson Associates
Interior Design: Andra Birkerts Design
Structure: Roome and Guarracino
HVAC: Sun Engineering
Electrical and Plumbing: Johnson Engineering
80 Trowbridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138 telephone: 617-868-1766 fax: 617-661-1148