Foto © Mark Jenkinson
Foto © Mark Jenkinson
Foto © Mark Jenkinson

East End House

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The seemingly limitless possibilities for building on this undeveloped stretch of oceanfront dune belie the complicated zoning restrictions that come with it. Zoning regulations, flood zone restrictions, and the like had to be negotiated alongside the powerful natural attributes of light, water, and topography to create a partnership of landscape and structure. 


 


The building treads lightly. A sensitivity to both the natural conditions of the site and the building codes placed upon it led to the formation of an elevated, double-bar building connected at the upper level by a transparent glass bridge, and at grade by a stone terrace and lap pool. The building’s sawtooth roof, proposed as an innovative response to the township’s mandate for sloped roof structures, evolved into a critical design element, sculpting daylight with its undulating skylight form, while also extracting solar energy through its photovoltaic array. When constructed, it was the largest private residential solar installation in New York State.


 


This is a house for people and for art, with many artworks designed directly into the architecture. This synthesis manifests itself in the entry with one of Jenny Holzer’s signature text pieces comprised of scrolling LED panels wrapped around the exterior walls of a mechanical room. The fins housing the LED lights of Holzer’s work were designed through collaboration between artist and architect. The partnership resulted in the seamless inclusion of the piece within the space, the cohesion of which is maintained whether the work is on or off.


 

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