Sited on a narrow, one acre, oceanfront lot, the design of
this house was one of the first projects in the Village of
Sagaponack to be affected by the 2010 revision to FEMA
flood elevations, requiring a first floor elevation of
approximately 17 feet above sea level with a maximum
height allowance of 40’ and all construction required to be
located landward of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Line. The
location within a high velocity (VE) wind zone added to
the planning and structural challenges.
Nearby inspiration came from both the 1979 Tarlo ‘Wall’
House by Tod Williams and Norman Jaffe’s Perlbinder
House, completed in 1970. The two story travertine entry
façade is highlighted with a single opening accentuated
by a cantilevered afromosia stair landing that hovers off
the ground. A ‘cut and fold’ in the wall plane bends to
allow for one large glass opening, from which an over
scaled, wood aperture containing the main stair landing
cantilevers. In a nod to Louis Kahn’s Richards
Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania, a layer of
service spaces run parallel to the wall plane creating a
threshold prior to reaching the horizontal expanse of
the ‘served’ entertainment spaces of the open plan living
room, dining and kitchen. Fifteen foot wide, floor to
ceiling, glass sliding panels maximize the ocean view and
open the house onto the ocean side patio and pool.
The second floor is imagined as a travertine and
glass ‘drawer’ floating above the glass floor below. Three
identical children’s bedrooms run from west to east,
setting a rhythm that is punctuated by a master bedroom
balcony that projects out from the wall plane, clad in the
same afromosia wood as the stair landing. Interior
materials include poured in place concrete floors,
Calacutta marble cladding and afromosia millwork.
About Blaze Makoid Architecture
Blaze Makoid has been practicing architecture and design since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. Prior to establishing his own firm, he has worked for the internationally known design firms of Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood and the Hillier Group where he was the design director for their Philadelphia Office.
His work has been featured in the New York Times, Architecture Magazine, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens and the Robb Report.
His designs have been exhibited in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. He has received numerous national and international design awards including The 2008 Long Island AIA Commendation for Outstanding Achievement in Residential Design, The Boston Society of Architects’ First Citation and the Philadelphia AIA Honor Award for Excellence.