New York, NY | Frankfurt am Main, DE
Distributed across fifteen acres of wooded land, this family retreat consists of a main house, guesthouse, pool house, bunk house, and garage. The main house or “glass house” stands on the highest peak of the property, allowing for an unobstructed view of the surrounding landscape and shoreline from the roof terrace. The living spaces on the top floor are enclosed by glass walls that enable light and air to penetrate while a screen of trees provides a sense of privacy. In contrast, the façade of the first floor, which contains the more private spaces of the house, filters light and views through heavyweight fiberglass-screened panels. Set in separate corners of the property, the glass-walled guesthouse and pool house echo the main house’s underlying principle: open to light, hidden by trees. The bunk house, a multi-use space that is the latest addition to the complex, is conceived of as a forested retreat.
AIA New York State, Design Award, Watermill Houses, 2008.
Location: Water Mill, NY, US
Additional Credits: Juergen Riehm FAIA, BDA, Principal; David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal; Carmen Lenzi; Project Architect; Joanna Chen, Designer; Juliana Chittic, Designer; Raphaelle Golaz, Designer; Antonia Kwong, Designer; Igor Siddiqui, Designer; Erin Vali, Designer; Jorge Zapata, Designer
MEP Engineer: D’Antonio Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Survey/Site Layout: Barett, Bonacci & Van Weele
General Contractor: Wright & Company
Interior Designer: 1100 Architect
Lighting Design: Johnson/Schwinghammer Lighting
Landscaping: Dario’s Landscapin
Curtain Walls/Exterior Court: Kawneer/Arcadia
Contractor: Westhampton Glass
Pool: Loebs + Gordon Poolcraft
Photography Credit: © Peter Aaron/OTTO