Fusing a modern home with the traditions of barn raising, the Louver House in Long Island combines the massive presence of a barn with an open and airy transparency. Designed by New York’s Leroy Street Studio, the house's exterior skin is comprised of a series of louvers, which let natural light flood the interior, while also providing privacy for the residents. At night, interior light shines through the louvers, creating a warm glowing structure that is joined by several “out” buildings and interior gardens to form one unified compound.
The stunning barn-like home sits atop a lush plot that overlooks a corn field, not far from the Atlantic shoreline. The entire Louver House is a series of continuous outdoor and indoor spaces, unified by the louver skin and rain siding. Five outdoor courtyards and gardens are arranged around the interior living areas under the peaked roof. A massive gray stone fireplace, met with a glass wall of doors, separates the main living area with the outdoor porch.
Playing up on the barn shape, the architects created an interior with an open plan that has extraordinarily high exposed beam ceilings. The roof is lined with a strip of skylights that continues down the peak of the entire ceiling, casting a dramatic light that moves around the interior throughout the day. The living area, dining room, and kitchen ceilings all rise two stories to further the home’s openness, while a mezzanine area houses the private bedrooms, as well as a viewing area to look out over the nearby coast. The mezzanine also features a cozy study, a contrast from the openness of the rest of the home, and opens onto its own private roof garden with superior views.
Aside from living areas, the structure houses a custom woodshop that also has indoor and outdoor areas, as well as a lap pool for exercise. The Louver House is a network of mixed use spaces, seamlessly blending the interior with the outdoors.
Via Arch Daily
images © Paul Wharchol via Leroy Street Studio