LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
As an architectural response to the natural dune, the house provides its occupants with what they wanted most in a beach house: an ever-present connection with the changing moods of the ocean. The oceanfront site is twenty feet above street level, which presented two design opportunities: the ability to have privacy from the street without sacrificing transparency, and ocean views from the lower level. The linear building envelope parallel to the beach, suggested a long, thin building form, informed by the shape of a dune. The idea was born to design the house as a “glass dune”, transparent on both sides. Entry to the house and pool terrace is via an open-air passage through the house, interrupted only by a glass bridge connecting the upper level open living/dining/kitchen to the principal suite. To one side of the passage is a twenty-four foot-high glass box, which contains and displays the white concrete spiral entry stair.
“The idea was born to design the house as a glass dune”