Montauk, N.Y., Residence

Montauk, NY United States

Murdock Young Architects, Meberg & Pederson Builders, David Jameson Architect, ArchiTech Gallery, Audrey Matlock Architect, Benjamin Moore.


Project Description

2006 CHDA

Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet / Merit Award

The simple surfaces of this outer Long Island vacation home conceal a deceptively complex structure. But this is not complexity for its own sake. “The form of the house is a direct result of the placement of living spaces in relation to the landscape,” says architect Robert Young. That landscape is a bluff overlooking Block Island Sound, a site with such a wealth of potential views that Young says he conceived the house as “a lens.”

The building layers two roughly L-shaped plans, each divided into a public wing for living spaces and a private wing for bedrooms. Primary living spaces occupy the upper level, taking in treetop views of the water. By rotating the public wings 90 degrees from each other, Young created a sheltered outdoor living space at ground level, which serves as both an extension of the family room and a shaded refuge for the adjacent pool area.

The exterior combines concrete landscape walls, red cedar-sided building walls, and banks of black-framed aluminum windows and doors. Inside, red-cedar accents and exposed structural steel provide definition in spaces whose primary finishes are bamboo flooring and white-painted drywall. The result is a house that is thoroughly at home in its surroundings and comfortable in its own style, a timeless Modernism that should wear very well. “It's in kind of a 1950s vernacular,” noted one judge, “but still looks contemporary.”


Project Details

Montauk, N.Y., Residence
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Project Team:
    Murdock Young Architects, Architect.
  • Entrant: Murdock Young Architects 
  • Builder: Meberg & Pederson Builders 
  • Photographer: Michael Moran 
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Project Size:
    3,000 sq ft

Specified Products

Bathroom Plumbing Fittings: Cool Line; Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures: Elkay, Kohler, and Speakman; Bathroom/Kitchen Cabinets: Craftmasters; Fireplace: Rumford; Flooring: Plyboo, Circle 296; Garbage Disposer: In-Sink-Erator; Hardware: E.F. Butler and Omnia; Insulation: Owens Corning; Kitchen Plumbing Fixtures: Elkay and Kohler; Lighting Fixtures: Bega, Lightolier, Luce Plan; Privadda, And Stonco; Oven: DCS; Paint: Benjamin Moore; Patio Doors/Windows: Crittal N.A.; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero; Security System: Bellringer.



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