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The art of the outdoor shower – a vineyard tradition by t.devlin
November 18, 2010, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

Martha’s Vineyard has undoubtedly changed and evolved through the past decades, but a few traditions have remained constant.  Perhaps the most popular tradition on the island is the outdoor shower, considering they keep sand out of houses while allowing the user to continue to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.  Outdoor shower design takes many forms ranging from utilitarian to strikingly architectural.  Below is an outdoor shower from a home in the town of Aquinnah designed by Hutker Architects to give the user privacy while preserving the outdoor experience.

Below is a sketch of the outdoor shower at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Interns house.











Material choices, form, detailing, and over style of the outdoor showers in Martha’s Vineyard are seen as an opportunity to extend the design intent of homes and bridge the outdoor and indoor environments.

Until next time,



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