Stony Hill, a venture accomplished by Bates Masi, stands as a testomony to the wealthy historical past of Amagansett, an early English and Dutch settlement on Lengthy Island’s East Finish. Nestled between meadow and woodland, this residence for a younger household pays homage to its roots, drawing inspiration from the location’s agrarian historical past and connection to the early settlers. The location, as soon as cleared by Native People for searching functions, developed into the situation of the primary settler’s home in 1680. It later served as communal grazing pasture, separated into particular person plots with low stone partitions. For generations, the land, livestock, and human intervention labored collectively to assist stabilize the panorama. Nonetheless, as farming declined and property values went up, the meadow is transitioning to woodland, dropping its connection to a big piece of historical past.
Bates Masi’s venture goals to revive and reference the agrarian historical past of the location by way of considerate structure and panorama design. The land is split into zones mirroring the unique pasture parcels, every designed to fulfill trendy wants. Excessive grasses and shrubs present a visible separation from the street, whereas medium-height grasses display screen the home from these approaching. Low grass and floor cowl provide views when wanted. Elevated planting zones alongside the method emphasize historic connections to the land, providing a novel expertise for these in passing.
Stony Hill is separated into smaller volumes that relate to particular zones – public, non-public, visitor, and repair areas. The related gabled volumes give nod to barn-like buildings, but they’re designed with a contemporary spin. The gabled roofs characteristic splits within the ridges which permits pure mild to flood the highest flooring.
Supplies play a vital function in connecting the up to date design with historic references. The house is clad in outsized shingles discovered all through the are. Thatch siding, harking back to the pasture’s grasses, is packed between uncovered exterior framing leading to a contemporary look.
Constructed-in seating spans the size of 1 wall flanking the kitchen and eating room, making certain loads of locations to take a seat when firm is over.
A sunken lounge wraps in entrance of a hearth, certainly one of many located within the public areas to encourage household gatherings.
Pure supplies, reminiscent of oak, clay tiles, and plaster additional combine the home with the encircling panorama, making a heat and comfortable ambiance.
The nice and cozy woods used all through evoke a way of consolation with out leaning in the direction of rustic.
A second story bed room situated below the steeply sloped ceiling has a contemporary A-frame really feel.
Pictures by Bates Masi + Architects.