With roots in Eastern Long Island’s modernist design explorations of the 1950s and 1960s, the Amagansett House mingles functional simplicity with energy conservation. To meet the goals of the clients, a family with two young children, we created an energy efficient, single-story, three-bedroom home abundant in light and air.
The bar-shaped building was designed to harness the summer ocean breezes with large operating windows opening to the south, and clerestory windows on both north and south assist in pulling the air through the house. A 16-inch insulated concrete slab cools the house in the summer, and in-slab radiant piping heats the house in the winter. Other energy efficient design facets include an east-west orientation, high R-value insulation, deep overhanging roof and sun louvers and ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning.
An inverted roof creates a perception of lightness, as if the house is taking flight. With its restrained, simple form and lines, which create a sense of serenity in harmony with the site.
- Place Amagansett, NY
- Date 2010
- Area 1,900 SF
- Architect Francois deMenil Architect, PC
- Structural Engineering Liam O’Hanlon Engineering, PC
- Landscape Architect James C. Grimes Land Design
- MEP Engineer Plus Group, PLLC
- Lighting OneLux Studio, LLC
- General Contractor Bulgin and Associates