Barnes Coy Architects design home which encompasses spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean
The site is long and narrow, with almost true North-South orientation of the long axis. The southern boundary is the Atlantic Ocean, with the northern edge of the property defined by Shinnecock Bay.
The primary design objective of the project was to bring both of these spectacular views together, using the house itself as a double-ended viewing platform. Conversely, the neighbouring houses on the east and west sides suggest that the house on those sides should be mostly opaque.
By using the concept of a telescope, a plan and section was derived. The rectangular tube opens to the view at both ends, and appears to be slung in a frame that supports an extreme cantilever of the upper level towards the ocean.
The selection of materials was guided by the need for durability, weathering characteristics, and very low or no maintenance. Cladding is western red cedar, as shingles and horizontal centre-matched planks, which stands up well to the harsh conditions encountered on the ocean. The curtain-wall system is custom designed, and engineered to withstand lateral wind loads of 125 mph as well as impacts from wind-borne debris, while presenting minimal sight-lines. Extensive use of structural steel, some of it exposed, allows long spans and the extreme cantilever of the living room above the terrace at the pool level.
This project clearly illustrates this firm's approach to design, which is to allow major site elements and conditions to inspire the parti.