As the weather gets cooler and summer slips farther away, we are already beginning to dream of next year -- pools, fireworks, barbecues, and most importantly, summer getaways. This eco-friendly beach house on Fire Island is the perfect seaside escape, made with recycled materials, a rustic-chic facade, and wall sized-windows that provide miles and miles of ocean views. Designed and built by Resolution: 4 Architecture, the home was constructed mostly off-site and then barged to the island and pieced together by crane to have as little impact as possible on the surrounding natural environment.
Since Fire Island prohibits motor vehicles, the house’s building materials were delivered via boat, wagon and bicycle, cutting down on material and transportation costs and pollution. Made almost entirely of cedar, the home’s exterior includes a ramp and bike parking to accommodate the island’s unique transportation. The surrounding landscape of the house is left untouched, not only keeping it low maintenance but also staying considerate of the local vegetation.
The 3,300 square foot home designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture is a two unit structure built for the comfort and sometimes much needed separation of a family of four. The parents and children each have their own space to relax and entertain connected by a recycled steel and glass bridge. The bridge crosses over a serene courtyard and swimming pool that faces west for maximum sun exposure.
The house’s unique style flips the traditional layout of public space on the first level and private spaces above. Here, the main gathering areas are on the top level of the structure, showcasing the best views of the ocean and access to the sprawling outer decks. Huge sliding glass doors wrap around the entire house, blurring the lines between interior and exterior and allowing for natural ventilation. The floor to ceiling glass also breaks down the barriers between rooms, creating a naturally lit bright and open home. Cedar, known to turn a silvery grey with age, lets the home adapt to it’s beachfront surroundings season after season and year after year.
via Arch Daily