The house is designed as a retreat for a philosophy professor and a former director of a well-known museum in the city. Although the house is in a semi-rural location, the couple very much identifies themselves as tied to the city both socially and professionally. As both a retreat from the intensity of the city and as a gathering place for socializing and entertaining, the house was designed to negotiate both private and public areas.
The site is gently sloping, with the house perched just below the crest of the slope. The main house is four times longer than it is wide. The roof is a 100 feet long (30m), forming one continuous slope, with the last eight feet cantilevering over the deck separating the main house from the guesthouse. The overhang of the roof provides an informal entrance (a kind of portico) to the guesthouse and the rear terraces and swimming pool.
After designing the two main buildings of this summer residence, ACHA worked closely with the owner in designing the interiors. The interior finishes and furnishings are light in color and material to give both a sense of spatial expansion and lightness during the summer heat. The kitchen, dining, and living rooms are contained within the open plan. The house has been widely published in books and magazines, and was part of the 2009 Shelter Island Historical Society House Tour, one of seven modernist designs selected by the society for open-house tours.