Friday, November 11, 2011

Bay Residence / By Stelle Architects

Eastern Long Island, New York, United States
Stelle Architects
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photo © Courtesy of Jeff Heatley--Evening falls upon Bay Residence

"I wanted a lot of wood elements," the client says. "I didn't want a cold, modern box."
Photo © Courtesy of Jeff Heatley--Glass house on concrete plinth with privacy louvers
This waterfront property unfolds in a sequence of views, both revealed and concealed, a kind of Kabuki shadow play that starts at the driveway and snakes down the entire length of the five-acre lot. "It adds to the experience of arrival," says the bachelor client who wanted a peaceful escape.
Photo © Courtesy of Jeff Heatley--Vanishing edge pool
"It's not a precious house," says the client. "You just hose it down at the end of the weekend."
Photo © Courtesy of Jeff Heatley--Vanishing edge pool overlooking bay
The design objectives were to maximize views and to minimize site disturbance and visual impact. The single story, elevated glass and steel structure is anchored in the center to a concrete plinth, which has an entry patio on the front, and a patio and pool with two vanishing edges at the rear. The east and west ends of the structure are cantilevered from the concrete base, floating over the landscape. Polished concrete walls, an exposed steel structural frame, floor to ceiling glass, and mahogany louvered sun screens create a minimal yet elegant presence.
Photo © Courtesy of Jeff Heatley--Outdoor fireplace
The 90 foot long steel, glass and wood box is cantilevered from a perpendicular concrete plinth, exposing its structure for a tectonic clarity. The south facing wall of the structure is covered with rolling wooden louvered panels to screen the summer sun.
Photo © Courtesy of Jeff Heatley--Kitchen detail
The center public spaces are open to the front and rear patios, while the private spaces are placed at the four corners. The polished concrete floor flows throughout the interior and matching concrete pavers cover the exterior patios.
Photo © Courtesy of Jeff Heatley--Master bathroom leads to outdoor shower
The pool is located in the north-west corner of the patio allowing the water to flow over two sides. A cantilevered, private outdoor shower is entered through the main shower in the master bath. A concerted effort in choosing the materials, their intersections, and details was undertaken to promote a minimal, uncluttered, peaceful co-existence with the inherent beauty of a spectacular, unspoiled site.
Description from the architect:
site plan--drawing © Courtesy of Stelle Architects
ground floor plan--drawing © Courtesy of Stelle Architects
first floor plan--drawing © Courtesy of Stelle Architects
north & east elevations--drawing © Courtesy of Stelle Architects
south & west elevations--drawing © Courtesy of Stelle Architects
Transverse and longitudinal sections--drawing © Courtesy of Stelle Architects
Project Data
Project name: Bay Residence
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York, United States
Program: Single family house
Site area: 5.123 acres
Built-up area: 2,600 sf
Completion Year: 2006

The people
Architects: Stelle Architects
Principal designer: Frederick Stelle
Design team: Frederick Stelle, Michael Lomont, Greg Tietjen
Contractor: Atlantic Collaborative Construction Co. Inc.
Photographs: © Jeff Heatley

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