Bates Masi Architects is a firm with roots in New York and Long Island for over 45 years, designing a beautiful residence, Genius Loci. The residence is located at Montauk New York with lot size 1.6 acres. Genius Loci possess unique characteristics that constitute imprint lasting memories. The history, Montauk Project Conspiracy, German Submarines, and Montauk monster are blurring the line between fact and fiction. Remnants of the past such like a radar tower and bunkers are scattered throughout the landscape. The clients were lured by Montauk with the characteristics embody the “Spirit of Montauk” and challenged the architect to design a house that would embody and capture this spirit.
The extensive program is terraced and embedded into the steep slope of the hill without compromising access to the exterior or natural light. Circling around to the north, the house unfolds to reveal a more extensive project. In this case, the conventional Montauk building typology of the low-pitched gabled roof is modified by the geometries of the allowable building envelope and height restrictions of the site.
Architectural details throughout the house occur at unexpected moments. A wood screen covered bridge unifies the two shingle clad volumes, allowing light entry to the grass courtyard. In front of clerestory windows, a milled bluestone screen is similarly detailed. The stone appears weightless as alternating stones are removed from the pattern to let light into the guest area. [Via]