Tucked into the dunes of Sagaponack NY, Boardwalk House was conceived of as a transitional place and link to beach life. With no formal entry and a loosely structured circulation, the building acts as a permeable membrane between the owner's year round residence across the road and the ocean. The 1000 square foot seasonal residence is organized along an outdoor walkway, referred to as "the boardwalk." From the driveway, the boardwalk provides access to the main living area, kitchen area, an outdoor shower and dressing area, the roof deck, pool and, ultimately, the beach.
The low-slung, gently pitched roof rises discretely out of the sand, taking its cue from the beach topography. The roof plane is interrupted by the roof deck and its stairs -- inserting occupiable void at the heart of what reads as a solid wedge. The building skin is a matte, weathering, zinc coated copper. All materials are selected for longevity in the salt air and built-in hurricane shutters protect the structure during storms.
Whether drifting in and out of the house along the boardwalk, ascending the stairs to view the ocean, or passing through to be at the shore, Boardwalk House weaves together a series of moments for an oceanside memory.