Minimalist Extended Island Beach Property By John Pawson

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British architect John Pawson, one of the significant proponents of minimalist modern architecture, has created a beach residence in Montauk, New York, that bears the geometric types and lack of ornamentation for which Pawson is well-known. Montauk House is also distinguished by its exterior cladding, a stucco-like material identified as render—which marks a clear shift away from the silvery cedar shingle houses that define the architectural vernacular of eastern Long Island.

Pawson himself describes his material decision as 1 that “reinforces the intimacy of the connection between architecture and context, with walls completed in sandy render and decks created from silvered ipe, resembling driftwood.” The home’s lower decking, devoid of railings, segues virtually seamlessly into the sandy oceanfront property, although the upper deck rises above the sand and dunes to frame the ocean and sky through a series of vertical planes—echoing the sumptuous views framed by windows inside the house.


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