Shore House / LSS

Shore House / LSS

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North Haven, United States
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5935 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Photographs Photographs:  Scott Frances
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Fleetwood, Delta Millworks, Marquis Millwork, Michael Reilly
  • Interiors:Sybille Schneider
  • Structural Engineer:Robert Silman Associates
  • Mep Engineer:Condon Engineering
  • Landscape Architect:Edmund Hollander Design
  • Lighting Design:Clinard Design Studio
  • City:North Haven
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Text description provided by the architects. Located at the juncture where a forest opens onto the bay, the Shore House was designed to capture both the intimacy of the wooded site and the expansiveness of the open water. Upon approach, a cedar facade and planted roof obscure the house while the minimal fenestration curates glimpses of the ocean beyond. A cut in the earth offers entry to the house followed by a sequence of interior and exterior spaces that slowly open to sweeping views of the bay.

© Scott Frances
© Scott Frances

Designed for both large family events and as a private retreat, the water side of the house is wrapped in large glass panels that open to a covered outdoor courtyard. Here a large masonry hearth supports the upper volume and provides a focal point for a sunken seating area. Access to the floating bedrooms and sitting room is by a hidden stair.

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The language of detailing is both expansive and intimate: exploring the junction between abstract modernism and handcrafted materiality. The monumental scale of the cantilevered mass and panoramic glazing are juxtaposed with the intimacy of the texture and warmth of charred cedar, brushed oak, blackened steel, troweled plaster, and hand-glazed tiles.

© Scott Frances
© Scott Frances

By taking on the roles of both the builder and interior designer, the architects were able to engage the design process from inception through fabrication and construction and were better positioned to integrate the nuances of the site and program into the final design.

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Cite: "Shore House / LSS" 13 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/885374/shore-house-lss> ISSN 0719-8884

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