Sea Bright Beach House / Raad Studio

Sea Bright Beach House

Architects: Raad Studio
Project: Sea Bright Beach House
Location: Sea Bright, New Jersey, United States
Photography: Robert Wright

Description by architect: On a seaside site bracketed on two sides by water, our design team sought to balance an embrace of outdoor natural beauty while seeking to accommodate the site’s vulnerability to storms.

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The design solution that resulted is the marriage of landscape and architecture. Though the neighborhood itself is graded flat, the parkland to the north is a wild original dunescape. By restoring our idea of the original natural state to the site, we created a set of hydrodynamic dunes with penetrations that allow water to sluice through the land, while simultaneously elevating the house well above the historic high water mark.

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Through strategic site planning, a variety of exterior spaces were developed; some provided privacy and respite while others captured expansive views and offered more dynamic engagement. Green roofs and wood decking maximize groundwater recharge.

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An elevated set of volumes, built using local maritime construction techniques, perches atop the dunes to create huge vistas that float above the restored native landscape.

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