Watermill Residence by Andrew Berman Architects

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Location: Watermill, NY, US

Area: 7,200 sq ft

Year: 2012

Architects: Andrew Berman Architects

Photography: © Michael Moran

This waterfront house was designed for a family of three generations. The house is sited on the property so as to organize the space around it into a series of distinct exterior rooms; an entry court, a sports field, a shaded courtyard, and a pool terrace.

The spaces of the house are conceived to provide enclosure and scale, visually and spatially knitting together interior and exterior. An open section allows natural light to penetrate deep into the interior. The house is constructed of board formed and polished concrete, flush bleached cedar siding, and Douglas fir structural members and interior paneling.

The roofs of the house are planted with local grasses and wildflowers, creating an elevated meadow. The house is sited and configured to optimize prevailing breezes. Geothermal wells are used for cooling and radiant heating and concealed solar collectors on the upper roof heat the pool.

Andrew Berman Architects

All images courtesy of Andrew Berman Architects


Andrew Berman Architects

Andrew Berman Architect PLLC is a New York based practice focused on the realization of unique and finely executed spaces. The work of the studio capitalizes on the qualities of place and seeks creative opportunities in the desires and programmatic requirements of our clients. A consistent engagement with our clients, professional consultants, contractors, engineers and fabricators throughout design and construction is a key means for the studio to generate ideas and provide essential works of the greatest quality and expression.

Andrew Berman Architect was founded in 1995 and has gained recognition through notable projects such as the AIA Center for Architecture, the Writing Studio, FDNY Engine Company 259 Firehouse, MoMA PS1 Entrance Building and Gallery Renovations, The National Opera Center, the Stapleton Branch Library and the SculptureCenter. Current projects include a  a two-stage theater for the MCC Theater Company, several artists’ studios, as well as residential commissions.



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