Gallery: Modern Masi Prefab Home in Montauk Wins AIA Merit Award

The Pryors wanted a home that was like a giant tent in the woods, but with all the modern conveniences.

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.

+ Bates Masi Architects

Via greenbuildingsNYC and New York Magazine


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  1. Prefabricated Bank Camp... August 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    […] and many of the buildings can be constructed simultaneously. The load-bearing structure consists of prefabricated wooden construction elements, and the facade and space-dividing elements are created with prefabricated wood and glass elements. […]

  2. UrbanBunker August 31, 2010 at 1:27 am

    My husband and I just bought some land so we can build a modernist prefab in Drytown California, and I am in love with this one. It checks all the boxes: green, stylish, modern, indoor/outdoor, heavy wood. I would love to know the cost per square foot and when they\’ll be available.

    This prefab definitely tops our favorites on our inspiration blog, where we dream and record our building experience:

    Love it!

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