Inspired by the open structure of the nearby DeKooning studio, this compact house situated near the water in The Springs, Long Island, was built as a weekend home. Designed as a kit of parts and made from affordable and easy to obtain materials, the house is held up by three gangnail truss frames. The formal strategy is set up by playing the diagonal geometry off the parallelogram shape of the plan. The resulting shapes and angles provide multiple opportunities for windows, increasing cross breezes and views into the landscape from all spaces of the house.
Working humble materials (plywood, sheet-metal roofing, concrete foundation platforms, gravel, etc.), the geometry of the house was used to create long sloping canopies as a reference to the site’s land which gradually slips into the sea. The figure of two porches, one interior and the other exterior creates the narrative for the house - indoor and outdoor living.
Robert Silman Engineers, Ken Smith Landscape Architect
New American Houses 2, Matteo Vercelloni, Photographs by Paul Warchol. Edizioini L"Archivolto