Nestled in the dunes, and located steps from the ocean in Amagansett, this residence is a beach retreat accommodating the requirements of its occupants in a modestly scaled package. A cubic form with a small footprint centered within its site, the house contains a spacious open floor plan facilitating indoor-outdoor living. The plans and elevations are meticulously composed to achieve serene and organized interiors complementing the outdoor spaces. Garden views are framed by substantial full height windows, which register externally as continuous vertical bands of alternating façade materials providing a stable appearance to the elevations.
The house is designed to exploit passive energy principles, and incorporates large expanses of glazing for light and views. A bluestone patio bordering the exterior reads as a continuous surface with the interior floor finishes. Entrance porches located symmetrically to the side gardens are defined by steel post and beam structures. These devices allow the house to perceptually expand its footprint to exterior garden porches, terraces, and boundary hedges. A flowing meditation pond surrounded by lush landscaping echoes the surfside nearby.
The interior material palette consists of concrete floor panels, rich walnut walls and accents, clean plaster, and white stone countertops blending modern austerity with warm tones. Materials include stacked exterior stone cladding, stucco, glass, steel, walnut and porcelain tiles. A perforated metal stair provides a delicate counterpoint to durable and robust materials. Access to a rooftop mahogany deck allows for private ocean and dune scape views.
Location: Amagansett, NY, US
My Role: Architect