Elizabeth II is a residence designed by Bates Masi Architects located in the bustling resort town of Amagansett, NY. The form was driven by architectural acoustics to shield the property from the sounds of the town, and to create a unique acoustic character for the house through manipulation of interior details. A series of parallel walls made from insulated concrete build from a human-scale wall at the entry to a high wall along the centre of the house. These walls provide excellent thermal insulation and an extremely low sound transmission. The custom stainless steel clips that attach the wide cedar board siding to the walls were designed to prolong the life of the siding, working with the natural movement of the wood. Inside, hinges hang cedar boards in front of a felt panel, allowing the central room to be acoustically tuned for intimate gatherings or boisterous parties. This central space in the home has a visual warmth enhanced by the use of natural materials, and includes Light Extending Table by Matthew Hilton.
Photo credit: Bates Masi Architects