New York-based architecture firm Bates Masi Architects designed this beautiful country house in the Hamptons. The project complies with FEMA's strict rules about the height of waterfront buildings without sacrificing the feeling of spaciousness. The geometry of the building maximizes natural light and views of the surroundings while boasting optimal strategies for water control and sanitation.
The building was designed for a couple who purchased a quarter acre lot only 500 feet from the ocean over 40 years ago. According to regulations, the largest house that could be built was a two-story high 600-square-foot space. The building is elevated 6′ above natural grade, in compliance with FEMA’s requirements. Thanks to the central void and glass walls separating different rooms, the space is bathed in natural light.
The floor plates and roof surface were designed and built as thin structures. There is no traditional ductwork and each space has a separate mechanical unit meant to ensure higher energy efficiency. Native grass was used for the plinth landscaping and hides a path that leads to the house.