WESTHAMPTON, NEW YORK
The 3,400-square-foot house was built on a tight, quarter-acre lot overlooking Moriches Bay, just to the west of a county park. It presents a fairly closed, almost bunker-like façade with only two small openings, but as the interior unfolds to the north, it turns itself inside out and reveals almost everything. The entry façade is a simple geometry of interlocking volumes––one section made from horizontal panels of zinc, the other from white stucco––and presents a defensive barrier that provides privacy from Dune Road. Upon entry, you pass through a sequence of progressively larger interior spaces–– kitchen, dining, living––and finally come to a two-story atrium with sloping, wedge-like volumes of glass that the architects refer to as a “salt crystal roof”. What began on one side as a tightly controlled composition, expands into a transparent volume that contains the ground-floor living room and master bedroom above. All spaces look out to the beach and beyond to the Westhampton shoreline. From here, a “Trex” plastic walkway extends into the waters of the bay.
“A simple geometry of interlocking volumes.“