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Project Description: We designed this LEED-certified home, located in Southampton on the south shore of Long Island, New York. The project is titled “Cocoon” because of its round walls forming a cocoon shape towards the northern and western neighbors. The rounded and enclosed half of the house provides shelter and privacy; the other glass side of the house, facing south, takes in ocean breezes and open views.
Inspiration: An ocean wave with light hitting the inside surface.
Uniqueness: The back white ovoid wall acts as a cinematic projection screen for abstracting water reflections from the nearby reflecting pool and slowly moving geometric patches of colored light from the skylights. The play of light and shadow throughout the day and seasons functions as a type of solar clock that connects inhabitants to the slower pace of biorhythms.
Impact of the Project: I hope people will be uplifted by the architectural design of this LEED-certified residence.
What’s Next: More research and development of sustainable and solar architecture and design. Our main objective is to awaken a connection to the natural world through sensual stimulation.