A modern addition to an existing summer family retreat entails a careful architectural response to important questions raised by its context. How can we envision a contemporary house yet integrate with the traditional setting? And what statement does this spatial extension make on family relationships? Can the architectural response enhance family dynamics and relationships? And can the built addition re-invigorate the existing landscape and outdoor experience? The answer lies in a delicate response to contextual, historical and social relationships: past, present and future.