The new extension houses a contemporary kitchen and dining in neutral hues with warm timber surfaces providing the necessary warmth and textural contrast. Timber plays a major role in shaping the interior of the extension with even the pending lights above the dining table being crafted in wood and concrete!
The transition between the living area indoors and the outdoor hangout is seamless thanks to the use of large glass windows and sliding doors. On the inside it is a palette of wood and white that holds sway with color being used sparingly. Custom wooden shelves bring warmth to the living room while wooden cabinets and island in the kitchen offer both textural and visual contrast.
Wind is a big part of this with everything from gigantic bridges to tall skyscrapers needing to accommodate its many vagaries. While this contemporary home in New York designed by Bates Masi Architects might not be as grand in its magnitude it still taps into the flow of wind in an extensive fashion. Designed for a couple who love outdoor adventure sports like wind surfing and kite boarding the stylish house aims to become with the elements around it!
It is the direction of the wind from the west that defines the main access of the house and its overall silhouette. It is this spatial arrangement that also shapes the floor plan on the inside with two different wings containing the private and public areas of the home.
The structure of the house itself is unassuming in form with wood steel and glass being used to create a pavilion-style home that is largely open to the elements. A large wooden deck with reflecting pool sits just outside and acts as a wind indicator of sorts! Sunlight bounces off the pool and on to the ceiling of the living area giving an indication of how turbulent of calm the weather is outside.
On the inside décor is simple and elegant with a few mid-century modern icons like the Eames lounger making their presence felt. An accent wooden wall and the kitchen island usher in woodsy warmth even as the backdrop with herringbone pattern tile adds subtle pattern to the setting.
Both acoustically and visually this common courtyard leading to the living area kitchen and dining is carefully hidden from the boisterous world that surrounds it. Adding to this is the cedar cladding that filters out any remaining sounds to offer an inviting modern and quiet living environment filled with tranquility.