Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Alexander Residence by EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect
July 4th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Elmslie Osler Architect
An existing cedar singled ranch house from the sixties, set on a hill overlooking Shinnecock Bay was completely renovated to extend and connect the residence to the site. The exterior has been transformed by sheathing the house in cement board panels and integrating a lap pool into the master plan. The plan, section, elevations and material applications all serve the house’s relationship with its dramatic surroundings.
The interior is linked to the landscape with new window openings that frame views and natural elements. The fusion of inside and outside is emphasized through continuity of materials; the chimney that runs through the entire house is encased in the same cement board used on the exterior façade; horizontally the connection is made by continuing tile from the kitchen floor onto the exterior terrace.
Transparency is expressed through a view encased by the front bay window and its reflection, a window beyond. Exposed trusses slip over structure, tying the front to the back and vertically expanding the interior space. The house embraces the landscape by dematerializing the line between the inside and outside, enriching the experience of the site. The Alexander Residence has received a Design Award of Honor from the New York Council Society of Registered Architects.
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