Oceanfront Villa on Long Island by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Long Island, New York, United States
Nestled on a large oceanfront property along Lily Pond Lane on Long Island is a substantial custom home designed by architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The home is accessed via a long winding driveway and includes a large central motor court as well as a subterranean garage on the west side of the home. The property includes an oval swimming pool and cabana, tennis court and formal and vegetable gardens at the north end and lush lawns behind the mansion toward the water. Robert A.M. Stern Architects: Our design for this oceanfront villa borrows from French Directoire precedents. Organized around a long, two-storey central block to which lower service wings are connected by curved hyphens, the house forms a square entry court commensurate with the formal symmetry of the massing. At the ocean side, the two-storey volume stands alone – the wings receding – to reduce the perceived size of the house, and to open up views along the beach as well as out to sea. The plan arranges the formal principal rooms enfilade along the south, while a sequence of broad galleries links informal living and service areas to the east and west. The section reveals a series of panelled rooms with a consistency of detail and scale that is relieved at the center of the house by the elliptical double-height stair hall.