Amagansett, New York
With roots in Eastern Long Island's modernist design explorations of the 1950s and 1960s, the Amagansett House mingles functional simplicity with energy conservation. To meet the goals of the clients, a family with two young children, the architect created an energy-efficient, single-story, three-bedroom home abundant in light and air.
Design concept and solution: The bar-shaped, 1,900-square-foot building, covered in 4-inch horizontal tongue-and-groove Alaskan yellow cedar boards, was designed to harness the summer ocean breezes with large operable windows on the south side, while operable clerestory windows on both the north and south sides assist in pulling the air through the house. Clerestory windows also run along the east and west sides of the house, allowing light to transverse the house in every direction. Interior spaces are open and uncluttered, with built-in cabinets clad in quartered beech veneer. A polished, 16-inch insulated concrete slab creates an interior floor, which cools the house in the summer. Radiant piping within the slab heats the house in the winter. Other energy-efficient design elements include an east-west orientation, high R-value insulation, deep overhanging roof and sun louvers, and ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning. The overhanging roof and sun louvers work in conjunction with each other blocking out the summer sun, but allowing the winter sun in.
The exterior wood decks of 1.25-inch Ipe wood provides outdoor areas to gather, protected with stainless-steel guardrails with an Ipe handrail. The house's inverted roof creates a perception of lightness, as if the house is taking flight. With its restrained, simple forms and lines, it feels serene and in harmony with the site.
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CAD system, project management, or other software used
Poured concrete structural slab and finish Flooring
The structural system consists of a concrete structural slab resting on concrete piers and grade beams supported by driven wood piles.
Old World Moulding (Siding Supply)
Extruded Aluminum Sunscreens Louvers:
Glass make up: 1 3/8' Nominal Clear Pilkington Advantage Low E Insulated Glass.
Exterior Light: 3/16' Clear Annealed/.120 Saflex PVB Interlayer/3/16' clear Annealed.
Spacer: '' Argon filled with aluminum spacer.
Interior light: 3/16' Clear Annealed/.030 Saflex PVB Interlayer/3/16' Clear Annealed with Low E on surface #3.
Westhampton Glass Inc.
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Floor and wall tile:
Dimensional Tile (Floor & Wall Tile Installer)
Classic Rug Collection Inc.
Artek USA Inc
Design Within Reach
Minka Group (Ceiling Fans)
Cal Electric (Lighting Installer) 37 Moon Avenue
Bathroom Tubs and Lavatories: