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Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC

Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC

New York, NY

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Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
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Fire Island House

This iconic 1965 house by modern architect Horace Gifford was restored and renovated as part of a master plan that included a new exterior stair, guest house, pool, and relocated entry pavilion. Nestled in a wooded site on a sandy barrier island, the house is both modern and rustic, imposing despite its modest 1200 SF footprint due to its dramatic yet simple cruciform plan. The contrast of the solid piers for “service” functions and transparent volumes for “living” is efficient and clear. Deferring architecturally to the original landmark, the simple geometry of the new guest house respects the larger original without mimicking its form while the placement of windows references the solid piers of the original. A new stair, cantilevered off a shear wall seems to float away from the house. These new elements and consistent material palette offer only slight hints as to whether they are new or original. 

 
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Status: Built
Location: Fire Island Pines, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Peter Dunham Design - Interior Design
Jamie Bush + Co. - Architectural Consultant
Tanya Compton - Landscape Architect
CF Gardens - Garden Designer, Horticulturist
Lone Hill Construction - General Contractor

 
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Tria Giovan for Vendome Press, Summer to Summer authored by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto
Photo by Albert Vecerka-Esto