AMAGANSETT, NEW YORK
The curving truss roof gives the oceanfront house its sculptural identity. The structural steel sections are clad with teak and support an 18-foot-high curtain wall of glass that spans the water side of the house to maximize water views. It’s an engineering tour-de-force. The glass itself is not curved but faceted with vertical panels that follow the curve of the roof. Aluminum mullions support the transparent façade and ten-inch-wide fins break the glare of the summer sun. A chimney mass of limestone anchors the house to its sandy site and counterbalances the open, hovering arc of the truss roof. The pale, light-absorbing stone was custom quarried in Rajistan, India and cut by hand. The inland side of the house has a more restrained treatment of white stucco facing and small square windows. An opaque block of teak cantilevers twelve feet out over the main entry. “We wanted to activate the north façade, so we punched this form out,” said Chris Coy. It provides a weather canopy and continues through the interior as a sculptural element and divider between living and kitchen areas. Once inside the two-story foyer, a semi-transparent half-spiral staircase––with stainless steel railings and glass treads––curves up to the main event: a sweeping panorama of ocean and sky that explodes to the south.
“We wanted to activate the north façade.”