1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. United States
  5. Robert Young Architects
  6. 2016
  7. East Lake House / Robert Young Architects

East Lake House / Robert Young Architects

  • 13:00 - 11 November, 2018
  • Curated by Fernanda Castro
East Lake House / Robert Young Architects
East Lake House / Robert Young Architects, © Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran + 28

  • Project Team

    Satoi Akimoto, Viktoria Rauter, Robert Deacon
  • Structural Engineering

    Becker Engineering, Pc
  • Civil Engineer

    D.B. Bennett P.E., Pc
  • Mechanical And Energy Engineer

    Zeroenergy Design
  • General Contractor

    Men At Work Construction Corp
  • Landscape Architect

    Laguardia Design
  • Landscape Contractor

    James C. Grimes Land Design
  • Audio Visual

    Audio Interiors
  • Lighting

    Tirschwell & Co
  • Main House

    4629 sqft
  • Guest House

    3844 sqft
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

Text description provided by the architects. An intrinsic connection to, and respect for, nature defines this Montauk weekend residence at every glance. The owners purchased two adjacent lots that were sold as one, a rarity to find in the area. Yet instead of building one oversized house, RYA created two separate structures — a main house and a guest house/garage — on the property. This leaves space in the middle, creating an unobtrusive scale and an overall feel that’s the opposite of a garish mansion.

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

The two buildings are laid out to position each living space, whether indoors or out, to maximize the views and capture the summer sun and breezes. Lake Montauk is the main event, but not the only one: Secondary, more sheltered spaces offer cozy contrast to the wide-open water views. The main living spaces are placed close to the ground, with only glass and oversized sliding doors dividing indoors and out, providing a stage for informal indoor/outdoor living. Re-vegetated native shoreline plantings planted between the house and the water, instead of a traditional lawn, strengthen the dialog between the built and natural environment.

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

While the main house’s living spaces are nestled within the landscape, the three guest bedrooms sit over the garage/boathouse, with panoramic northern and western vistas from up high, contrasting with those offered by the main house.

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

Despite those varying experiences, one factor keeps everything cohesive: materials. Natural materials were selected with an eye to how they’ll develop over time. Wide, rough-sawn cedar planks on the exteriors are left untreated to let the sun bleach them out to the silvery hue of driftwood; raw zinc roofs will also develop a mottled patina in time; and solid bronze hardware will stand up to the marine environment with little care and will become more beautiful with time and use.

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

Inside, there’s an interplay of modern and rustic: An exposed structural steel frame spans large expanses of energy-efficient solar glass, adding a feeling of lightness while supporting a series of heavy solid wood roof trusses, painted white. The neutral palette of whites and bleached woods with dark accents makes for an aesthetic that’s at once serene and active. And a subtle-yet-powerful play of textures — from the smooth and rough painted wood planks, to handmade Moroccan tiles, to floors made of European white oak and finished to look as raw as possible — underscore the interplay of architecture and nature.

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

View the complete gallery

About this office
Cite: "East Lake House / Robert Young Architects" 11 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Michael Moran

东湖之家,定格湖景的纯白之家 / Robert Young Architects

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.