Jordan Pond House

Jordan Pond House – School Project

On Mount Desert Island in Maine, there is a beautiful, secluded site where the Jordan Pond House existed before it burned down in the late 70s. Kyu Sung Woo was Mindy’s teacher at MIT and he gave his students the project to redesign the beloved place. Mindy designed an earth-bermed main building so that you arrive in the woods, walk on a natural path through a row of trees, and emerge with a view of the pond. From there, all you see of any human-built elements are what look to be sculptures in the landscape (items which are actually vents and chimneys). Only once you walk along the natural slope of the landscape and look back do you realize that the sculpture garden was actually the roof of the building.