Situated on the edge of Solitude Creek, in St. Michaels, Maryland, this modern residence by architect Robert M. Gurney makes the most of its privileged location. The project replaces an existing Dutch Colonial Style house, built in 1989, that had a cramped layout and was in danger of being flooded.

“The goals of the project were to take advantage of water views and provide light filled spaces, while accommodating the owners’ collection of modern art,” the architects said.  “A combination of windows varying in size, shape and location animate the spaces, while providing controlled views of the water, pine forest and adjacent marshes.”

A series of small decks and ramps lead the way inside. The interior has an open plan — the living room, kitchen, and dining space are connected and share a remarkably high ceiling. The entire space is characterized by its staggering height. Large windows allow natural lighting inside and ensure views to the creek.

The bedrooms and a home office are located on the second level. A generously-sized terrace cantilevers over the first floor and seems especially built for contemplation.

[Photography by Anice Hoachlander]

What’s your take on the design and layout of this creekside home?