For Thomas Phifer + Partners’ latest residence, the firm takes inspiration from the envisioned Long Island 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.
Rising gracefully from the sand dunes, the form fluidly defines different programmatic elements, and its free flowing nature embraces the landscape.
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.
The architects expanded, “It is a house with calligraphic flourish, writ lightly yet vibrantly in the sand.”
All renders by Encore