Stelle Architects designed this house and garden that became a bridge between two different bodies of water: gentle Mecox Bay to the north and wild Atlantic Ocean to the south.
An existing house was radically transformed as opposed to being demolished. Substantial effort was undertaken in order to reuse, rethink and modify existing conditions and materials. Much of the material removed was recycled or reused elsewhere. The plans were reworked to create smaller, staggered volumes, which are visually disconnected. Deep overhangs were added to strengthen the indoor/outdoor relationship and new bay to ocean views through the structure result in house as breezeway and bridge. The dunescape between house and shore was restored to a natural state while low maintenance building materials, allowed to weather naturally, will continue to strengthen the relationship of the structure to its surroundings.
Photos by Kay Wettstein von Westersheimb & Francesca Giovanelli