Long Island Pond House
Design Team and Consultants
Leroy Street Studio Architecture
Landcape Design: Edmund Hollander Design
Lighting Design: Clinard Design Studio
Interior Design: KA Design
Structural Engineering: Blue Sky Design
Mechanical Engineering: Tri-Power Engineering
Civil Engineering: Barrett, Bonacci, & Van Weele
Curtain Wall Consultant: Evans Heintges Architects
General Contractors: Men at Work Construction
Millwork: D. Reis Architectural Woodwork
Metalwork: Cape Cod Fabrications
Photography: Adrian Wilson
East Hampton, New York
In response to a long narrow site, the house’s mass was fragmented to create intimate spaces and unique juxtapositions between the volumes. Aesthetic restrictions, imposed through a covenant requiring the building to appear traditional, inspired the project’s design, which subverts traditional massing with modern insertions and detailing. LSS organized the plan to support the family’s long term growth: a separate structure, linked by a walkway, accommodates the children’s future families.
Circulation through the building and site is organized to heighten the sense of discovery and to frame distant views. The children’s wing serves as a gate house, marking the entry to the site. A path of stone planks carve through this building into a court with a grove of birch trees, defined by two buildings and a glass bridge overhead, from which views of the pond is first glimpse through the main entry doors. An exterior porch, carved into (or eroded from?) the building’s central mass and suspended over the living room, opens to views of the ocean.
The buildings are clad in white-painted cedar rain-screen with cedar shingled roof, traditional materials detailed as an abstract skin. The external surfaces are interrupted by modern, large scale aluminum curtain walls and windows. These interventions suggest the structurally expressive details within: tensile stainless steel tie rods, cable-suspended stairs and floating bridges.
The residence is a study in contrasts: within vernacular forms a cluster of simple modern buildings creates a series of dynamic spaces, capturing views of a dramatic natural setting.