Situated on a pristine 3.7 acre wooded peninsula of North Haven in Southampton, NY, nestled amongst mature cedar, sycamore and black pines, this residence has clear views of a nearby pond and its estuaries. The design objective was to create an assemblage of structures with limited varying scales to maximize the views. The design solution required the careful study of topography and solar orientation, with a stress on maximizing the views, minimizing disturbance to the site, and creating a dynamic composition of volumes.
Architectural elements employed include a canted copper stair tower, cantilevered flat roofs, rain/solar screen, flush mahogany siding, stucco, and exposed concrete walls. A waterfall edged reflecting pool, and thin edgeless lap pool adds to the overall feeling of harmony in nature.
As is our practice on all projects, "green" construction methods were incorporated into each part of this project, including the use of geothermal and house fans, passive solar and ventilation, and products that utilize sustainable or recycled material to create a unique, modestly sized modern structure that reflects and is respectful to its unique environment.
The project features a separate artist's studio, gym and garage. The main structure houses the public spaces on the main floor and the private spaces on the second floor. The guest wing is separated for privacy but connected by a glass "bridge." The wing houses a library and separate bedroom and bathroom space. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the structure celebrate the water views.
Interior materials echo the house's beautiful surroundings with polished concrete floors, exposed beams and steel structure, Brazilian cherry wood floors and millwork, clear aluminum reveals, artesian plaster, limestone, and glass. Landscape elements include a Japanese stone garden, stucco landscape walls, flamed stone walks and cantilevered mahogany decks and integrate the many indigenous species of grasses, flora and fauna.
Location: North Haven, NY
My Role: Architect