One of the 16 Global firms invited to design the prototype for 32 modern, high-end residences for a 72-acre plot of land in Sagaponac, Long Island.
A linear south facing pavilion, diagonally oriented on the site, allows for maximum penetration of low winter sunlight into all rooms. The shallow building depth also permits option of passive cross ventilated cooling durning sultry summers.
A movement spine is arranged along the major axis of the site, cutting across the diagonal building mass. This also divides the main house into separate living and sleeping sections.
Diverse outdoor elements including deck, pool, stone plinths and garden patches are tied along this shifting axial route.
A deep overhanging roof evokes a sense of shelter, while providing shade from the high summer sun. The profiled ceiling provides a variety of volumetric scales internally, while defining circulation and rooms on either side of a row of columns. A long northern stone wall, to the rear, anchors the building to the ground; reinforcing the feeling of secured protection.
The project combines cultivated landscape and building into a dynamic composition of oblique intersecting geometries, set within a wild forest like ambience.
Tactile qualities of natural stone floor and rough masonry wall contrast with the otherwise refined contemporary modernist interior, setting off old and new, raw and processed.
The building design, in floor plan and cross section, inherently suggests passive sustainable solutions that include harvesting of sunlight, fresh air and rain water.