Montauk House by Desai Chia Architecture, designed for a family with two young children, has two levels plus a basement. The living/dining area, kitchen, the two parents’ studies, powder room, and master bedroom suite are located on the upper level. The ground floor houses the family room, three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a one-car garage. The small lot is on the corner of two quiet streets, and a broad, existing oak tree in the front yard provides shade and screening in the summer.
Ph. Paul Warchol
The house was designed to promote family interaction with easy flow between indoor and outdoor activities and clear sight lines across large sections of the home. Three terraces allow family activities to spill outside. One is a garden terrace that connects the family room to the landscape. A second, reading terrace is shared by the parents’ studies. The third, breezeway terrace spans the living/dining areas and kitchen. Covered by a cantilevered roof, it allows the family to live and dine outside, essentially doubling the size of the living/dining areas in the summer.
The house’s façade is a combination of exposed concrete and shousugi ban, a rainscreen of wood that lets the façade breathe. Shousugi ban is a traditional Japanese process of burning the surface of wood to make it rot-proof and bug-resistant. The wood color and texture reference vernacular Montauk architecture while articulating an iconic, crisp, and modern form. The wood wraps into the interiors, framing the living spaces on the upper floor and cascading down the staircase to the family room.
The clients wanted to reduce the use of air-conditioning so the home was designed to take advantage of natural ventilation from prevailing winds. Shade from the large oak tree also helps to reduce solar heat gain. The roof of the house conceals a photovoltaic array.
Ph. Paul Warchol
DATE: 2018 / LOCATION: Montauk, NY, United States / AREA: 4.600 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: single family house / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Desai Chia Architecture (Katherine Chia, FAIA; & Arjun Desai AIA) / CONSTRUCTION: General Contractor Aran Inc. / CONSULTANTS: Murray Engineering (Structural), Saskas Engineering (Civil), Christine Sciulli Light + Design (Lighting), Summerhill Landscapes (Landscaper), Connected Hearth (Av / It) / PHOTOS: Paul Warchol