On the south shore of Long Island, and hour and a half from Manhattan, there is a narrow sand bar that has been subdivided into lots with exposures to the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the bay on the other. The views to these two bodies of water are amazing however the lots are long and thin and neighbors are close by on either side. The design of the house responds to this condition by opening up with large expanses of glass to the north and south and shielding the view to the east and west. A series of four stacked boxes act as viewfinders, one each for the living area, family rooms, master suite and guest rooms. Nature on this site is stunning and at times overwhelming. The house is lifted up twelve feet above the ground to protect it from the flood plain and to allow views over the natural dune on the Atlantic side that protects the site from regular storms. Inside, light spills in from the large window walls as well as through an internal garden that creates a quiet contemplative space and a view of the sky. The sky is framed in a way that is abstract but always changing and provides a welcome relief from the vast ocean. The house is built to withstand floods and hurricanes. Its concrete frame acts as both its structure and cladding and is durable and long-lasting. The building’s orientation takes advantage of daylight and natural ventilation and minimizes solar heat gain on the interior. The combination of geothermal wells and radiant floor gives it a comfortable and efficient heating and cooling system and a sophisticated building control system allows temperatures to be monitored and set for various occupancy conditions.