House on Peconic Bay by City Architect

In order to comply with local preservation efforts, a beach cottage on Long Island is elevated—with a twist.

Andrew Pollock of City Architect says he is sticking to the strict building codes of Peconic Bay with a beach cottage on eight concrete piles set above the sand. The Hampton Bays hamlet on New York’s Long Island is designed so that the lowest part of a home is least 17 feet above sea level, and the septic system is four feet above ground water. This under-construction project has a clean, classic structure composed of several, cedar-clad volumes. An exterior screen that can be adjusted for air and light exposure will blend in and shield the windows, which overlook the water. When finished, the home will be a sanctuary with a few tricks up its sleeve. 

Project Details

Single family
Architect: City Architect, Andrew Pollock
Project: House on Peconic Bay
Location: Hampton Bays, New York
Expected completion: 2024

From the firm: "As land becomes increasingly scarce, more of the desirable building sites will be under FEMA restrictions. I believe that the requirements inherent in building in these sensitive areas create a great opportunity for architectural expression."

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