House on Fire Island / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

© Judy Davis

Architects: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Location: Fire Island Pines, NY,
Principal in Charge: Todd Ray, AIA
Project Architect: Bethan Llewellyn
Contractor: Bill Santangelo
Project Area: 1,550 sq ft
Project Year: 2005-2007
Photographs: Judy Davis

ground floor plan
© Judy Davis

The House on Fire Island is a summer beach house in the resort community of the Pines on Fire Island . The typology of the homes in the Pines is recognizable to anyone who has visited an East Coast Shoreline resort town. It is a builder-driven typology reflecting the pragmatism of the inhabitants of these coastal communities. Almost always the “good sense” pragmatism that allows these homes to be built affordably overtakes the inherent liveliness and natural spirit of the place and creates structures that are a bit dull. This project inserts some of the “spirit of the shore” into this “Yankee thriftiness” residential typology. Common detail and material remain, but the volume of the house is expressed as a skin, rather than as a box-like container. The skin keeps the heat in. Over time, the skin of woven cedar boards will assume the same patina as neighboring houses. Large windows are introduced to reveal a luxurious light interior.

© Judy Davis

The organization of the plan creates a direct link between the occupation of the different spaces during the day and the sun’s path. Program adjacencies were carefully studied before identifying the swimming pool as the center of social interaction. Interior rooms and exterior spaces were arranged to track the path of the summer sun, connecting it to the rhythm of daily life: breakfast by the pool; cocktails and socializing on the front terrace; and evening dinners in the west light. Sleeping rooms form the backstage of the house.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Kohler, Hansgrohe , Duravit, Vero

  • Bathroom plumbing fittings by Kohler
  • Bathroom plumbing fittings: Axor by Hansgrohe
  • Bathroom plumbing fittings: Watertile by Kohler
  • Starck 2 by Duravit
  • Lavatory by Vero

Construction materials, Semi-finished materials: Caesarstone

  • Countertops: Concrete by Caesarstone

Floor: Ann Sacks, Globe

  • Luxor Gray by Ann Sacks
  • Stones 1 by Globe

Heating and Ventilation: Gavin Scott

  • Fireplace: Vision by Gavin Scott

Joinery: Andersen

  • Entry doors by Andersen
  • Wondows by Andersen

Kitchen Equipment: General Electrics, Fisher & Paykel, Cascade Faucets

  • Refrigerator: Monogram by General Electrics
  • Oven: Monogram by General Electrics
  • Range: Monogram by General Electrics
  • Dishwasher by Fisher & Paykel
  • Tower Tech by Cascade Faucets

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Contrast, Meltemi, Wever Ducre, Delta, Artemide, Wandleuchte, Cirius

  • Lighting fixtures by Contrast
  • Lighting fixtures by Meltemi
  • Lighting fixtures by Wever Ducre
  • Lighting fixtures by Delta
  • Lighting fixtures by Artemide
  • Lighting fixtures by Wandleuchte
  • Lighting fixtures by Cirius

Walls: Sherwin Williams

  • Paints/Stains: Escape Gray by Sherwin Williams
  • Paints/Stains: Pure White by Sherwin Williams
Cite: "House on Fire Island / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture" 03 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>