East Hampton, NY

This light-filled artist studio is conceived as a simple rectangular box which rests lightly on a 1.5 acre East Hampton site. Lifted off the ground by concrete piers, the building allows the natural contours of the land to continue below it. In some places, the siteʼs natural slope reveals the studioʼs cast-in-place concrete walls.

The exterior walls, clad in a natural cedar siding, are punctuated by clerestory windows that wash the studioʼs large interior space with a diffused northern light. A zinc-coated metal roof wraps around the southern end of the rectangular structure, shielding it from direct sunlight. When daylight begins to fade, inside activity is revealed as the interior begins to glow, and gently illuminate the surrounding landscape.