Flag Street, Sullivan's Island, SC
Each generation for more than 150 years is drawn anew to these rugged barrier islands between land and sea. The ebb and flow of human activity here has created a fascinating patchwork of structures. As families grew, the graceful beach cottages sprouted porches and ad hoc additions. In the yards, freestanding kitchens, utility sheds, and servant quarters created clusters of outbuildings. These orderly jumbles of vernacular building forms provided interesting and flexible models for this residence. In keeping with the island’s traditional patterns, the solution called for a small compound of separate buildings, each associated with a distinct use - in powerful opposition to the typical suburban-style behemoth.