Set among beautiful mature plantings on a restrictive corner lot in Amagansett and within steps of the Atlantic Ocean, this modernist inspired artists refuge was constructed using green technology and passive solar design. A modified existing foundation, pool and wall framing, reusing existing lumber and repurposing finishes from the crumbling original Sears and Roebucks kit house of 1961 the structure grew into bolder more efficient version of its original. Scope for the new build, addition and renovation included gutting the bones of the house, expanding the floor plan twice the size and utilizing a fought/ granted town variance to add a separate accessory structure containing a sunken garage and second floor artist studio. Opening the floor plan to allow for an expansive public space with connections to an adjacent study and further private spaces allows for dynamic light filled geometry. Indoor / outdoor rooms were created via extending roof eaves and trellises to cantilevered distances, growing “living” exterior walls on facades, crafting a vanishing edge meditation coy pond extending the architectural form, and through the installation of extensive limestone sand and concrete patios the interior spaces extend to created outside rooms.
The vernacular of the house remained rustic modern, echoing the original era of the house inspiration of bold raw and expressive linear forms and materials against the soft luxurious furnishings and window treatments. The new structure was constructed with engineered lumber, cold rolled stock steel and aluminum, metal clad glass windows and doors, rough hand hewn cedar beams, exposed concrete, and extensive use of antiqued pickled white oak. The hand crafted interior and exterior elevations, cabinetry, and doors each followed a unique reveal grid connecting the objects and materials linearly from expansive public spaces to intimate private spaces.
Green technology was paramount in the project with geothermal HVAC, heat pumps, whole house fan, the design of passive solar, employing high resistance rated windows and doors and blown in insulation and employing recycled materials throughout. As a finished piece the modest scale house, coy pond, garage studio and landscaping stand as an intimate composition and expression of the latest technology meeting local craft working together to form this raw bold and intimate modernist form.
Location: Amagansett, NY, US
My Role: Architect