Launch Slideshow

The cedar-shingled house has two volumesone for sleeping, one for livingconnected by a latticed glass bridge.

Genius Loci, Montauk, N.Y.

Genius Loci, Montauk, N.Y.

  • The cedar-shingled house has two volumesone for sleeping, one for livingconnected by a latticed glass bridge.

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    The cedar-shingled house has two volumesone for sleeping, one for livingconnected by a latticed glass bridge.

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    Michael Moran

    The cedar-shingled house has two volumes–one for sleeping, one for living–connected by a latticed glass bridge.

  • The dune-facing rear of the house almost disappears.

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    The dune-facing rear of the house almost disappears.

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    Michael Moran

    The dune-facing rear of the house almost disappears.

  • The bridges wood slats modulate light and views.

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    The bridges wood slats modulate light and views.

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    Michael Moran

    The bridge’s wood slats modulate light and views.

  • Living spaces open to the elements.

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    Living spaces open to the elements.

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    Michael Moran

    Living spaces open to the elements.

  • Wood for the oak ceilings was covered in salt solution and left to weather outside.

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    Wood for the oak ceilings was covered in salt solution and left to weather outside.

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    Michael Moran

    Wood for the oak ceilings was covered in salt solution and left to weather outside.

  • Glass walls blur the line between indoors and out.

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    Glass walls blur the line between indoors and out.

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    Michael Moran

    Glass walls blur the line between indoors and out.

  • The master bath capitalizes on the view.

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    The master bath capitalizes on the view.

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    Michael Moran

    The master bath capitalizes on the view.

  • Natural, weatherbeaten materials celebrate the spirit of the place.

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    Natural, weatherbeaten materials celebrate the spirit of the place.

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    Michael Moran

    Natural, weatherbeaten materials celebrate the spirit of the place.

  • Out-of-the-way niches offer a resting place.

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    Michael Moran

    Out-of-the-way niches offer a resting place.

  • Sawn stone walls bring an appropriately raw sensibility to the seaside house.

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    Sawn stone walls bring an appropriately raw sensibility to the seaside house.

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    Michael Moran

    Sawn stone walls bring an appropriately raw sensibility to the seaside house.

  • An infinity pool overlooks the Atlantic.

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    An infinity pool overlooks the Atlantic.

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    Michael Moran

    An infinity pool overlooks the Atlantic.

  • Floor plans.

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    Floor plans.

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    Courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

    Floor plans.

  • The front of the house draws visitors up into the hillside.

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    The front of the house draws visitors up into the hillside.

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    Michael Moran

    The front of the house draws visitors up into the hillside.

genius loci, montauk, n.y.
bates masi + architects
sag harbor, n.y.

This interpretation of a traditional beach house captured the judges’ attention, as did its exquisite siting on a gentle hill. The cedar-shingled house has two volumes—one for sleeping, one for living—connected by a latticed glass bridge. That scheme draws visitors up into the landscape and through the house. Viewed from the dunes, the building seems to shrink, becoming two modest boxes that belie its size. “It responds to the big view, but is cozy,” a judge said. “It keeps its simplicity and parti.”

The materials marry well with Montauk, but their articulation and detailing offer surprises, says Paul Masi, AIA, LEED AP, referring to the weathered oak ceilings, sawn-stone walls, and tapered wood slats that modulate light and views. “We took coloring clues from weather-beaten objects we found on top of the hill,” he says. “As the house ages it becomes another one of those objects.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge/landscape designer/interior designer: Paul Masi, AIA, LEED AP, Bates Masi + Architects; general contractor: Paul Davis, Davis Builders, Montauk, N.Y.; structural engineer: Steven L. Maresca, Steven L. Maresca Engineer, Hampton Bays, N.Y.; project size: 7,200 square feet; site size: 1.6 acres; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Michael Moran.


product details

bathroom fittings: Hansgrohe, www.hansgrohe-usa.com, Kallista, www.kallista.com; bathroom fixtures: DuPont, www.dupont.com, Kohler, www.kohler.com; dishwasher: Thermador, www.thermador.com; doors: Arcadia, www.arcadiaproducts.com, Kawneer, www.kawneer.com, Westhampton Glass, www.westhamptonglass.com; flooring: Ann Sacks, www.annsacks.com, Stone Source, www.stonesource.com; hardware: Emtek, www.emtek.com, Hafele, www.hafele.com; kitchen fittings: Kallista, www.kallista.com; kitchen fixtures: Franke, www.franke.com; lighting fixtures: Ingo Maurer, www.ingo-maurer.com, Rab, www.rabweb.com, Selux, www.selux.com, Vista, www.vistalighting.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; range: Viking, www.vikingrange.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero-wolf.com; windows: Arcadia, www.arcadiaproducts.com, Westhampton Glass, www.westhamptonglass.com