Francois de Menil completes new family home in Long Island's wetlands
With its roots in Eastern Long Island’s modernist design explorations during the 1950s and 1960s, the Amagansett House exemplifies functional simplicity and energy conservation in its resolution of client program and site conditions. The poetry of the house is in its restrained, simple form and lines, which create a sense of serenity in harmony with the site. The inverted roof creates a perception of lightness as if the house is taking off.
The Amagansett house is designed for a family with two young children. The clients requested a single storey three bedroom modern house with natural light and air and a feeling of lightness. Adjacent to fresh water wetlands and located within a FEMA flood zone, the three bedroom house is located on a third of an acre site just off the Atlantic Ocean. The Amagansett House has energy efficient goals that are reflected in the east-west orientation of the plan, the high R value insulation throughout, the cross ventilation from the clerestory windows, the deep overhanging roof and sun louvers and the lack of air-conditioning.
The bar shaped building takes advantage of its site by harnessing the summer ocean breezes with large operating windows opening to the south. Clerestory windows on both north and south assist in pulling the air through the house. The sixteen-inch insulated concrete slab cools the house in the summer. In slab radiant piping heats the house in the winter. The north façade is opaque to shelter against Northwest winds.
Project Location: Amagansett, New York Completion Date: May 2010 Area: 1,900 sq ft Heating Energy: 39.79 kBtu/SF/YR