Long Island House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

© Thomas Phifer + Partners – rendering by Encore

For Thomas Phifer + Partners’ latest residence, the firm takes inspiration from the envisioned site’s proximity to the water. The seemingly repetitious simplistic form is actually one continuous surface that undulates to carve spaces underneath it.

More images and more about the residence after the break.

© Thomas Phifer + Partners – rendering by Encore

Rising gracefully from the sand dunes, the form fluidly defines different programmatic elements, and its free flowing nature embraces the landscape.

© Thomas Phifer + Partners – rendering by Encore

The residence’s weightless quality, especially its curvilinear attitude, suggest a new direction for Phifer (be sure to view Fishers Island House, previously featured on AD) , and yet, even though aesthetically different, the driving design philosophies remain similar. “Like the quiet, fine-boned pavilions that form a leitmotif throughout the work, this seamlessly unembellished beach structure reflects a yearning to defer to a larger landscape, minimizing architectural intervention. And just as the sensuously sculptural, almost randomly strewn, skylights of several earlier designs play against otherwise rational lines, this undulant cloak finds its counterpoint in a precisely straight-edged plan,” explained the architects.

© Thomas Phifer + Partners – rendering by Encore

The architects expanded, “It is a house with calligraphic flourish, writ lightly yet vibrantly in the sand.”

© Thomas Phifer + Partners – rendering by Encore

All renders by Encore

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Long Island House / Thomas Phifer and Partners" 22 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=78972>
  • Cam

    nice images, but ah, would appreciate a explanation of roof material / structural system… images seem a little unrealistic without knowing a little more

  • http://www.tallerdearquitecturamonterrey.com oscar falcón lara

    This is an incredible design, love it.

  • victor

    Pampulha,MG – Oscar Niemeyer

    • bolongo

      Those were exactly my first thoughts, … well, now you can live in it ;)

  • Dustin

    It’s a beautiful house but clearly inspired by Felix Candela…

  • ben

    who cares if it looks like Niemayer or Candela, the design is beautiful!

    • copycat

      well dear ben, if your client is asking for a HOUSE and you are not able to think or create for whatever lazy reason you have, the most “brilliant ” you can copy is a HOUSE, not a bloody chapel or parabolic structure

      • Katsudon

        Parabolic structure should be avoided then because Niemeyer did it before?
        What does it mean? We should go further in the originalistic imaginistic projects every time to feed ones ego?
        Most important is not providing the best living experience?
        Here I see quite nice shapes that indeed remembered me Niemeyer but are far to be a mock-up of any Niemeyer project.
        This is a smart use of those shapes regarding a specific context which is not resembling Niemeyer’s projects context.
        Look-a-like game is really superficial guys. I hope you consider more than just the skin when you work on projects.

  • bill

    V beautiful. Regarding roof details and construction, I have confidence that someone of Thomas Phifer’s calibre can make it extraordinary.

  • Chris

    Hope the owner doesn’t have an art collection. Would be a bitch trying to hang it on those walls…

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    Yes… looks like Nemeier church… may be they have never seen his work?

  • Nick S.
  • sth

    you should mention that these are renderings!

    this is real:

  • Jean Quintella

    It looks like the Pampulha Church in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Check it out!