A beautiful modular vacation home in Montauk recently took home an AIA NY State 2010 Merit Award. Designed by Bates Masi Architects of Sag Harbor, the home was envisioned as an upscale tent in the woods with large floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to let nature in. Not only is it an attractive home, but it's got a number of green features to tack on its resume, like prefabricated construction, daylighting, geothermal heating and cooling, solar heating and organic finishes.
Humbly, the residence does not seek out a green building certification, even though it could probably get one. Bates Masi, who has a knack for renovations and wooden exteriors, designed the home for his sister, Victoria Masi Pryor and her husband Gregory. They wanted the home to basically be like one giant screened in porch, hence the multitude of floor to ceiling glass doors. So when the weather is nice, the doors are open and tucked away and a breeze finds its way through the house. When conditions aren’t warm or cool enough, the doors are closed and the geothermal heating and cooling system kicks in.
Daylight abounds throughout the house and bronze mesh is used extensively to provide shading. The exterior is clad in cedar and prefab concrete panels, while the interior walnut floors are finished with non-toxic vegetable oil. To protect the site during construction, much of the home was prefabricated in sections and then assembled on site. The exterior landscaping was finished with grasses, wildflowers and local rock.