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Wainscott House - Long Island - Exterior photo of building - Selldorf Architects

Wainscott House

Long Island, NY

The clients, a couple based in London, wanted an uncomplicated summer home close to Long Island beaches. The program called for a 5,000 sf house to accommodate family members and guests. Working on existing foundations, the firm created a plan in which the master bedroom overlooks a private garden to the north and east, while the house’s public spaces face a garden and pool to the south and west.

The exterior is clad in cedar with the exception of the stairwell which is covered in zinc. A concrete plinth strengthens the relationship between the building and the landscape. The interior of the house features an open, loft-like layout, but strong proportions mean rooms feel complete even when there are fewer than four walls.

(Photography credits: Jason Schmidt, Manolo Yilera)