The 12,000sqft Southampton Beach Property is situated on a narrow peninsula with water on both sides of it. The Atlantic Ocean is to the southeast and the Shinnecock Bay is to the northwest, this posed some exciting challenges for Alexander Gorlin Architects when designing the property. The architects wanted to take benefit of each views and one of the ways in which they achieved this was through a large rooftop deck featuring an outside fireplace. With the addition of the fireplace, the homeowners can keep cozy and warm while enjoying the 360-degree vistas day or night.
4 symmetrically placed stone pillars anchor the residence to the land and from these pillars the house expands in every direction. Comprised of an exterior cladding of teak and sand coloured limestone, the different geometric volumes of the home are broken up into light and dark sections, reducing the overall mass of the creating.
The street leads up to an open parking area that is shielded from the front of the house by a lengthy linear row of hedges. A walkway leads from the parking, previous the hedge and finally to the glass front entrance hidden from the street by a void in the facade.
The wall of glazing that wraps the entry offers a zigzag view of the stairwell as it winds its way to the rooftop deck and a triangular projection above the roofline betrays the place of the deck’;s entrance.
The walkway to the front entrance is designed to employ each a horizontal and a vertical plane and the overhangs on the teak section of the 2nd storey additional emphasize the geometrical composition.
The back of the residence has a little hill that conceals the reduced volume, producing privacy from boats passing by. This ground level houses the garage, guest rooms and media/game area as effectively as an elevated walkway that leads down to the beach.
The 2nd storey of the property opens up to a large poolside terrace and from here friends and family members can take pleasure in the sweeping ocean vistas. On these days that its too hot to be in the sun, the big zinc overhang on the roof supplies the necessary shade. This principal level contains the open kitchen, living and dining areas as well s the private zones of Master and children’;s bedrooms.
Adjacent to the poolside terrace is the social zone with the living, dining and kitchen zones all taking benefit of the wall of glazings. A two sided fireplace separates the living from the dining areas and behind them each is the stairs that lead to the roof.
Teak is employed both on the exterior and the interior of the property and the warmth of the wood is a good contrast to the cool crisp blues of the vistas.
Situated in the front of the property on the ground level overlooking the walkway major to the home’;s entrance, this bathroom keeps its privacy with the use of clerestory windows and whilst this room does not have any views, the room exudes a luxurious spa atmosphere by way of the substantial use of teak on its walls and ceiling.
The Master suite ensuite is a completely diverse atmosphere then the downstairs bath. Right here walls of glazings offer panoramic views, and even though teak is still present, it is on the outside of the space rather then the inside.
Alexander Gorlin Architects
Photography by Michael Moran