While they like to joke that their modernist home in the forest of Ellsworth, Maine "resembles a typical train derailment," architect Peter Cohen and his wife, Sally, have created a lovely home recently featured in Dwell. Overlooking the Union River, the home utilizes a spine-and-module design system developed by the architect.
Spine-and-module consists of a central corridor or spine that includes the core, public and mechanical parts of the home( in this case: kitchen, service areas, hallway, main entrance, and mechanical components) and the modules shoot-off from the spine and provide more private areas (bedrooms, living areas).
The design of Maison Amtrak was also influenced by Japanese architecture — though there are wooden elements, SIPs (structural insulated panels) are used for the walls and roof.
You can see more photos from the magazine's site: Dwell | The Right Track.
(Images: Mark Mahaney)