Lion’s Head | Bates Masi + Architects

• March 27, 2011

Designed by Bates Masi + Architects, the Lion’s Head house was designed to set on a narrow property atop a bluff overlooking Gardiner’s Bay, this house replaces a vacation home shared by two brothers and their families for over 25 years before it was destroyed by fire. Since originally building on the site, new regulations have been established and the families have grown in size. The new structure responds to these needs while preserving and enhancing the casual summertime lifestyle long enjoyed by its owners.

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Lion's Head, image courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

The house is composed of two simple taut volumes clad in durable slate tiles and a weathering wood with naturally water-resistant tannins and oils. The public and private living areas are in the waterside volume, all with spectacular views and access to the beach.

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Lion's Head, image courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

Circulation, baths, and utilities are in the landward volume overlooking the pool.  By offsetting the volumes vertically and horizontally, the surface area of the compact design increases, allowing for more windows to admit light and westerly breezes. This slippage also creates intimate outdoor spaces for bathing, entertaining, and dining.

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Lion's Head, image courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

Each volume is a deep frame, providing privacy from neighboring properties and leaving the east and west facades transparent for unobstructed views and seamless transitions between inside and outside. The frames are opened-up at their ends to create spaces that defy the conventional distinctions between indoors and outdoors. At the roof deck, portions of the ceiling and upper walls are omitted to create an “outdoor room” open to the sky and the view, yet more contiguous with the interior than a conventional deck or terrace.

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Lion's Head, image courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

The screened porch is similarly opened to the elements while remaining integrated with the sequence of interior rooms.  The frames direct attention away from the house to the water views and surrounding landscape, further easing the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.

By carefully intertwining spaces and materials with the landscape, the design creates an environment that the family will continue to enjoy for many years to come.

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Lion's Head - Site plan, drawing courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

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Lion's Head - Ground level floor plan, drawing courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

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Lion's Head - Upper level floor plan, drawing courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

+ Project credits / data

Project: Lion’s Head
Architects: Bates Masi + Architects | http://batesmasi.com/
Location: East Hampton, NY, USA
Builder: Karl Avallone Builder
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Project Complete: 2009
Photography: Bates Masi + Architects
Project Area: 3500 sq ft
Typology: House

Tile: Ann Sacks
Bathroom Sinks, Fixtures, accessories: Kohler
Toilets: Toto
Master Bathtub: WET Style
Kitchen appliances: Sub Zero, Wolf, Miele

+ All images and drawings courtesy Bates Masi + Architects

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