This is a summer beach house in the resort community of the Pines on Fire Island New York. The skin keeps the heat in. Over time, the skin of woven cedar boards will assume the same patina as neighboring houses. Large windows are introduced to reveal a luxurious light interior. Interior rooms and exterior spaces were arranged to track the path of the summer sun, connecting it to the rhythm of daily life: breakfast by the pool; cocktails and socializing on the front terrace; and evening dinners in the west light. Sleeping rooms form the backstage of the house.
The typology of the homes in the Pines is recognizable to anyone who has visited an East Coast Shoreline resort town. It is a builder- driven typology reflecting the pragmatism of the inhabitants of these coastal communities. Common detail and material remain, but the volume of the house is expressed as a skin, rather than as a box-like container.
Architects: Studio 27 Architecture
Location: Fire Island Pines, NY, USA
Principal in Charge: Todd Ray, AIA
Project Architect: Bethan Llewellyn
Contractor: Bill Santangelo
Project Area: 1,550 sq ft
Photographs: Judy Davis