Early modernists responded to Sagaponack’s infinite horizon with simple glassy beach houses hovering just above the dunes, capturing the expansive views of the Atlantic over active farmland. The land has since been punctuated by shingled mansions and many of the distant views have been taken away. We were determined to take them back.
This “upside-down” house was designed as a complex system of floor plates and staircases, optimizing views from every level. The main living spaces are centered in plan with floor-to-ceiling corner window units allowing oblique ocean views to the southwest and field views to the north and northwest. Private programs such as bedrooms and bathrooms are pushed to the east and west, oriented to screen the neighbors. Public program, as a result, becomes a viewing apparatus which eliminates the foreground and focuses on the distant views.
On the exterior, weathered cedar siding and mahogany windows merge the modern form with its natural and architectural context to recall Sagaponack’s modern past.