Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York

Architects: SheltonMindel
Project: Ocean Pond Residence
Location: Long Island, New York, United States
Photography: Michael Moran

Brief: On a 42-acre oceanfront, pond and agricultural preserve, design a single-family residence that embraces and respects its context.

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 1

Solution: The Modernist case study houses of Long Island as documented in Alistair Gordon’s book “”Weekend Utopia”” were experiments in housing, exploring a kind of modernism set in agrarian and water front locations. In the 1920s, the Hamptons became an architectural think tank where artists, architects, patrons, farmers, fisherman and craftsman converged in one of Americans most unique landscapes where open-air, water, greenery and light converge. The architectural pendulum has swung back and forth and back again: from the experimental case study house, to “”form follows function””, to slavish restoration, post modernism, the McMansion, deconstructionism, and back to a retro modernism. The upside down house was invented there so that public rooms could look across the dunes to the sea while bedrooms were relegated to the lower level.

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 2

The Ocean Pond Residence is neither the retro modern, upside down house nor a McMansion. In fact its footprint is less than 3,500 square feet on a 42-acre site. It is organized in section like a Fibonacci spiral utilizing five continuous levels of activity culminating in a roof top point look out across the sea, farmlands and pond.

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 3

In real estate terminology the sire benefits from “location location location” the buildings vocabulary is enriched by the local vernacular,” wood, wood, wood”. The front facade is positioned like a proud bulkhead preventing the sea wall from flooding the potato and cornfields while a continuous open air boardwalk pierces through the building past the pool directly to the ocean. The wood frame beam and column structure is articulated inside and out and the outdoor overhangs, balconies, brise soleils, stairs and decks become as important as the enclosed spaces themselves. The water- color palette of sand and sea seamlessly integrate the architecture landscape and interior.

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 4

North, South, East and West views become framed in the landscape as Ocean, Pond and fully embrace the structure.

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 5

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 6

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 7

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 8

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 9

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 10

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 11

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 15

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 13

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 12

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 14

Ocean Pond Residence in Long Island, New York 18

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

MEMORY – Offices Casado & Pujol by Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos

The design of Offices Casado & Pujol is created through a distribution based on visual and spatial communication, thus developing two spaces with different use and characteristics.

Steak Restaurant Housed in a Former Car Repair Shop

Spontaneity, raw materials, pristine nature and above all – meat. The best steaks in the city of Olomouc. That’s the core of Steak Restaurant’s (STK) interior, housed in a former car repair shop which gave the steakhouse its name.

Ramsey House, Essex / Chris Dyson Architects

The Ramsey House project featured a 60’s detached family house consisting with a disjointed layout making it hard for the clients to enjoy the house appropriately; there was also little to no connection to the rear garden.

Multifunctional One-Room Flat Renovation in Madrid

Airbnb, the software platform dedicated to the offer of accommodation to individuals and tourists, due to its temporary nature, offers an opportunity to reflect and explore risky and innovative typological solutions ...

Fence House – a Contemporary Interpretation of the Traditional Style

In Borówiec near Poznań, the Polish studio mode:lina™  has designed the Fence House, a modern interpretation of traditional house. Project description: Form of this house: two...

Swedish Summer House Combines Japanese Simplicity with Scandinavian Cottage Traditions

In addition to the Scandinavian traditions, the Swedish summer house draws inspiration from Japan, in an interpretation where simplicity, wood and the relationship with the surrounding nature are at the heart of the architecture.