The Drum-Barge floated freely on a sheltered pond. The drum was seven feet in diameter and was supported by four wooden pontoons. Access was gained by swimming beneath the drum into its octagonal grotto and hoisting oneself up the rope dangling from the pyramidal roof.
The Drum-Barge was one of four projects, which together comprised a pastoral building quartet (1983-87). All are no longer extant. Each building was concerned with a specific pair of building archetypes, a specific pair of human activities, and a specific relationship to the earth. As a group, the buildings were unified by their wood construction, their rural setting, and an overall seasonal theme. The quartet buildings were situated on various secluded New England sites. They were open to all who found them. Fabrication was done by the architect with friends and was funded, in part, by a grant from the Graham Foundation.
Keywords: United States, Vermont, Addison County, Starksboro, wood construction, drum, barge, small building, pontoon, floating. Submitted by Michael Cadwell for ARCH 626.