CHEWONKI CAMP FOR GIRLS, CABINS| Wiscasset, ME | 540 GSF
2021 | Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design
Five new seasonal cabins initiate the first phase of a residential camp for girls on Chewonki Neck, a 400-acre peninsula on the coast of Maine that has been home to the Chewonki Foundation and a boys’ camp for more than 100 years. The design for the new cabins is inspired by the immersive outdoor summer experience for which the camp is known and reinforces each camper’s relationship to the natural environment. The cabins, a series of simple shed roof structures, are located along the eastern shore of the peninsula on a north south trail running through the wooded landscape. Each cabin accommodates 8-12 campers and 2 counselors, with bunk beds organized into a c-shape around the perimeter forming an open gathering area at the center. Strategically located windows provide light and ventilation with an individual view of the surrounding landscape from each bunk. Storage is integrated between and below the bunks for equipment and personal belongings. The primary structure is based on an 8-foot planning module and is a timber frame construction made from locally harvested hemlock with a spruce plank enclosure and metal roof. The first phase of construction for the new girl’s camp began in mid- August 2019.
Photo Credit | OPAL / Architecture Research Design
THE CHEWONKI FOUNDATION - SUMMER CAMP CABINS
A New Camp Chewonki for Girls