Text by John Morris Dixon, FAIA
Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners for a family that enjoys entertaining at their second home, this eastern Long Island house is assembled from five quite visible components: three one-story stone-clad structures and a roofed outdoor pavilion, surmounted by a glass-clad volume. Bars of Valmalenco stone clad the first-floor exteriors, appearing inside to identify structural walls as well.
Circulation at ground level is outdoors and under cover, with a tall light monitor providing illumination at a key central point. Portions of the house can be independently occupied, while on busy weekends all of its spaces are active.
Entering the driveway, visitors see an irregular landscape morphing into defined rectangular areas adjoining the house. The first structure one encounters is a single-car garage, with attached storage and studio space. Adjacent to that is the guest house, its two bedrooms separated by a garden court enclosed in translucent etched glass.
The largest ground-floor structure contains three children’s bedrooms, along with the family’s living, dining, and kitchen spaces. The expansive living–dining area overlooks the pool and the outdoor sitting–dining pavilion. Floating above, and supported by all four ground-floor structures, is the glass-walled master suite, where broad views include the neatly stone-bordered rectangles of planted roofs.
Roof Gardens: Convert (New York Green Roofs, Amy Falder)
Mechanical Contractor: Kolb Mechanical