Site size: 1.5 acres

Project size: 6,000 square feet

Program: The clients asked for a summer house to be built on a site within a FEMA floodplain—50% of which is unbuildable wetlands.

Location: The ocean-side town of Southampton, New York

Solution: The site’s tricky location provided an opportunity to capture a variety of spaces that could exist under, over, and between the building and the landscape. Three volumes—the “public” wing, the “guest” wing, and the “family wing”—elevate heated areas and critical infrastructure above the floodplain. These volumes organize the primary indoor rooms, while the spaces between the house and ground create a series of outdoor areas such as a carport, courtyard, pool pavilion, terrarium, and roof terraces.

Construction and materials: The zinc-clad structure is composite wood and steel with concrete foundations.  Other primary materials include clear western red cedar, Jerusalem grey-gold limestone, and mahogany doors and windows.


Additional Information

Completion date: October 2016

Gross square footage: 6,000 square feet

Client: Private

Owner: Private




Office of Architecture
612 Degraw Street, FL2
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Aniket Shahane, Principal; Ivan Kostic, Valentin Bansac, Tristan Walker, Stephen Maher, Edward Simpson, Joshua Eager


Interior designer:

Friedman Moore



Structural: Blue Sky Design

Mechanical: Altieri, Sebor, Wieber
Surveyor: David Saskas


General contractor:

Aran construction



Rafael Gamo



Landscape: Summerhill Landscapes

Other: Pool - Pristine Pools
Design Collaborator - Asheshh Saheba





Structural System

Composite wood frame and steel.

Exterior Cladding

Metal panels: VM Zinc

Rainscreen: Clear Western Red Cedar

Wood: Clear Western Red Cedar

Curtain wall: Duratherm

Other cladding unique to this project: Duratherm wood doors and windows


Wood frame: Duratherm Mahogany


Skylights: Custom


Entrances: Duratherm mahogany wood entrance door

Wood doors: Duratherm mahogany

Sliding doors: Duratherm mahogany


Locksets: Valli and Valli (Swing Doors)
Halliday Baillie (Sliding Doors)

Pulls: Valli and Valli (Swing Doors)
Halliday Baillie (Sliding Doors)

Interior Finishes

Demountable partitions:

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Shearman Cabinets in Walnut and Mahogany

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Floor and wall tile: Floor: Jerusalem Grey-Gold Limestone
Master Bath: Carrara marble slabs and herringbone tile
Guest Baths: Glass Tile
Kitchen: Stautario Marble
Fireplace: Soapstone

Resilient flooring:


Downlights: Element

Exterior: Louis Polson

Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron