Between two ponds in Southampton, New York, you will find one home that looks different from all the rest. The location of Tamsen House posed a lot of environmental challenges and this design by Fernando Fisbein Architect truly rose to the occasion.
There is high flood risk in the area, which requires any new structure to be lifted above the base flood elevation. Strict zoning guidelines also needed to be met. To meet these guidelines and still make smart use of space, Fernando Fisben Architect built the garage and storage areas under the house. They’re enclosed within permeable partitions that allow the free flow of water in case of flooding. The house is raised, as required, and this design creates an overall look that is beautifully eye-catching.
Furthermore, the house itself is built with a sloped roof that has zinc cladding. This provides strength and durability against the harsh coastal climate and reduces rainwater run-off. Zinc requires less energy to produce than other building options, including copper and aluminum. This is a highly eco-friendly material that’s only going to get more popular in the future.
Additionally, there is a series of terraces that create outdoor living spaces. Native indigenous plants were preserved everywhere possible on the property. The terraces add green, natural beauty to the home, making nature a part of the design. The idea behind the design was minimal disturbance and sustainability. The house looks out over the water and native grasses, beautiful trees and an incredible natural world. Inside, the interior spaces are full of light and natural materials. There are hardwood floors and wide-open spaces everywhere.
This home shows that even design challenges can be met and they can be sustainable, comfortable and connected to the natural world. This house in Southampton posed some unique obstacles, but sustainable design ended up winning out. Hopefully, that will keep happening with construction projects all over the world.
Images via BS ARQ and Fernando Fisbein Architect