Stone Houses / Leroy Street Studio

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Architects: Leroy Street Studio
Location: East Hampton, New York,
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 650.32 sqm
Photographs: Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol

For a very flat 12 acre site dotted with specimen trees, a mother and daughter requested low-maintenance weekend residence for themselves and extended family made of Westchester granite.

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The property was planned as two separate houses linked with a network of dry-stack stone walls that create a solid and private face at the southern-oriented arrival side of the buildings. The walls unify exterior and interior spaces and knit the buildings together resulting in a series of internal and external courtyard spaces. Floating roofs define living spaces and great expanses of glazing open toward views of the agricultural reserve to the north.

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The first house has a slot of water that cuts through the courtyard wall to mark the entry which is accessed through an oversized cabinet that pierces the forecourt curtain wall. A long gallery runs east-west along one of the walls and links the public and private wings. A glass bridge cuts across the gallery linking two ends of an elevated guest wing.

Site Plan

The second house is entered at its narrowest point, through a glazed hall overlooking a raised garden court. A series of floating roofs connects the entry to the interior and exterior public spaces- all nestled against the stone walls. The private wing is defined in contrast, as a taut box of oak glu-lam portal frames wrapped in a continuous skin of louvers.

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Cite: "Stone Houses / Leroy Street Studio" 19 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • ykk

    so mies

  • bhs

    so neutra!

  • mvb

    so Wright

  • Dennis Moss Jnr

    i agree, feels more like Wright than Mies or Neutra… like a Prairie House crossed with a Usonian House!

  • Farrah

    In other words, fine it’s nice but soooo old fashioned!

    • Dennis Moss Jnr

      no Farrah, i don’t think that’s what anyone meant… in fact “nice” and “old fashioned” go together in my books!

  • asdf

    s.e.x is old fashioned and I still enjoy doing it every single day.

  • Fiodor

    so messi

  • Archreviewer

    so Leroy Street Studio