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Beach House on Long Island, Long Beach, NY, United States

Friday 21 Dec 2012

Modern retreat opens to unobstructed Atlantic ocean views

Photography by Eric Laignel 
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Airport hangar door opens 26 foot wide to welcome the ocean breeze... 

Inspired by the folding geometry of the sand dunes nearby and the exuberant urban texture of Long Beach, the C-shell shaped beach house slopes to maximize views, light and air. The roof bends and cascades toward the ocean to ensure that even the deepest reaches of the house have an unobstructed view. With its lines reflecting the sloped roofs of other local homes, the roof is angled towards the sea to protect the house from the harsh southern rays while also sheltering one of the most unique elements of any residential home- a 26 ft wide airport glass hanger door. This door allows the design and experience to flow from inside to out uninterrupted. When the living room hanger door is open, it creates an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Another unique feature of the home is the master bathroom shower, surrounded by stacked river stones with an operable sliding skylight above. Therefore one could shower in the summer, winter, rain, snow or sun, and have nothing but the sky above. This is the first house built with harvested laminated structural members from Austria for environmental conscience. The uniqueness of this construction material is that it can span very long distances while maintaining minimum depth, in addition the various wood finishes can be exposed to be your interior finishes or exterior finishes- expressed in both manners in this house. The laminated lumber (BBS) is extremely structurally sound to withstand a storm, hurricane or nor'easter.

The home was built for a family whose wife has summered in Long Beach since she was a child. Her family, like many families had a simple cottage and cabana. This home provides a sense of comfort and serenity while easing the transition of scale from the bungalows of Long Beach to the vast Atlantic Ocean beyond.

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Status Completed
Value Undisclosed(m€)
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West Chin Architect

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