ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT IN AMAGANSETT, STEPS TO THE OCEAN
Just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, amidst fluttering dune grasses and windswept pines, iconic architects, Bates Masi have meticulously designed and constructed a home taking cues from its surroundings and celebrating local history. The home features incredible indoor/outdoor living spaces, multiple decks and elevated landscaping that capture the myriad of panoramic views encompassing the sweeping dunes, natural reserve, ocean and surrounding historical architecture. The most significant adjacent building, The Amagansett Life Saving Station, has served as a local landmark for over a century, and has provided aesthetic and structural inspiration for the design of the home. The two level main house features a master suite, 2 guest suites with a central family room and powder room on the ground level. On the second level entertaining and living spaces with 360 degree views and breathtaking architectural details. Strongly influenced by the Life Saving Station, the design of the new residence strikes a dialogue with the landmark, complimenting the experience of the new home and celebrating the local history. The principal strategy for the home stems from the utilitarian practice of hanging boats and other items from the station's wooden post and beam structure. In a modern reinterpretation, the residence features an exposed steel structure that defines the main living spaces and forms a framework onto which other functions can be hung. On the exterior, a system of bronze bars was developed to hang the thick cedar siding boards in place without fastening through the wood, allowing the boards to expand and contract naturally with changes of temperature and humidity. Like the weathered cedar shingles on the Station across the street, each material--cedar, bronze, and weathering steel--chosen for its proven durability in the coastal climate. As each material weathers over time, the appearance of the siding will record the cycles of rain, sun, freeze and thaw: cedar will lighten from the sun; bronze bars will patina to dark brown and eventually turn green; weathering steel will develop a deep rusted texture on the surface which protects it from further corrosion by the salty air. The weathering steel around the base of the building marks the height the home was raised above the flood plane. To minimize the impact of the footprint on the sensitive ecological environment, the main living area is stacked above the bedrooms, and, like the lookout towers of the stations, an even higher roof deck provides elevated views of ocean. Just behind the main house sits a guest cottage constructed with the same intent and precision as the main house. Featuring a supplementary master suite and guest suite, complete with living and entertaining spaces and mahogany decking, the guest cottage provides spectacular views, ocean breezes and additional privacy. 159 Atlantic isn't just a beach house, or a quintessential Hamptons home, it's an homage to the land, an historical reinterpretation, and a work of art.
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