Shelter Island House / Christoff:Finio Architecture

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture

Project: Shelter Island House
Architects: Christoff:Finio Architecture
Team: Taryn Christoff, Martin Finio, FAIA, (partners-in-charge); Caleb Linville, AIA (project lead)
Interior Designer: Taryn Christoff
Location: Shelter Island, New York
Size: 2,865 square feet
Photographer: Scott Frances / OTTO
2018 Residential Architect Design Awards / Custom Home, Less Than 3,000 Square Feet / Award

New York–based Christoff:Finio Architecture designed this house to accommodate a young family on Shelter Island, N.Y., off the east end of Long Island. The designers chose to break up the program for the 2,864-square-foot residence into three discrete rectangular volumes. These wood-clad forms are set in what the designer’s call a “loose, seemingly casual relationship” to one another, and tied together by inflected roof and floor planes. The covered outdoor spaces that result increase the apparent size of the house while flowing seamlessly with the interior.

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 1

The length of the house roughly follows the eastern edge of the property, helping to shield the site from adjacent residential development. This position allows the living spaces to open to the bulk of the property—an open field enclosed by woods on the west side. The public areas are in the central volume, with three bedrooms to the north, and a pool house/guest room to the south. The three volumes and open-air circulation spaces enclose a small planted courtyard.

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 2

Inspired by the nearby tree line, the architects rendered the house entirely in wood: exposed Douglas fir framing provides the structure, shiplap Western red cedar clads the exterior, oak floors run throughout the primary interior spaces, and ipe decking lines the exterior patios. All the wood is untreated to compel its uneven weathering, which will provide an ever-changing patina over time. A preview of the eventual effect is provided by the interior cladding in the kitchen and laundry rooms, which was salvaged from a shed demolished on the site. The Shelter Island House might better be dubbed the Wood House for its evocative exploration of the material within a simultaneously rigorous, yet informal, framework.

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 3

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 4

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 5

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 6

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 7

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 8

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 9

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 10

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 11

Shelter Island House , Christoff:Finio Architecture 12

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

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

White Lodge / Measured Architecture

Designed by Measured Architecture, the White Lodge was conceived and created as a gathering space. A place of reprieve, nestled into its wooded Whistler site, it allows for a family to be together, sequestered from the pull of their daily lives

Trongyee Boutique, Shantou / AD Architecture

AD Architecture recently reimagined a boutique for TROUNGREE, situated in Shantou, China, which sells clothing from designer brands. The interior design was approached based on the concept of "Deriving". "Deriving" indicates evolution and developing something new from the matrix.

Black Brick Apartments in Hawthorn East, Melbourne

Located in Hawthorn East, this black brick apartments (Ari apartments) lives in the heart of the historical brick-making area and only a stone’s throw away from the original brickworks site itself.

Two-Story Industrial Loft in Bratislava

This two-story industrial loft situated in the industrial object Mlynica is an unusual living space. The Mlynica object itself, located in a rather remote brownfield in Bratislava, recently underwent an extensive transformation and currently offers multifunctional space with minimal residential use.

Contemporary garden design: Ideas and Tips

A contemporary or modern garden always represents an oasis of peace, of physical and mental revive, extremely beneficial when we have a hectic lifestyle,...

Palm Island Modern Residence / Choeff Levy Fischman

Designed by award-winning architects Choeff Levy Fischman, Miami Beach's most opulent new residence leaves you in awe the moment you step onto its lavish motor court. The two-story home, designed in the architect's famed Tropical Modern architectural style