RESIDENTIAL

HARBOR HILL

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HARBOR HILL

Location: Springs, NY.
Architect/Designer: ARKE
Design Team: Joaquin E. Boldrini
year: 2017

The Client approached the design team with the idea to produce a residential unit with investing potential on a steep geography with partial views of the bay in Springs, NY.

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One of the requirements was to have a split level concept which would help dealing with the existing changes in grade. The design was then resolved by having two major volumes running perpendicular to eachother where the one running against the slope was dropped half a level to produce the requested break in the horizontal plane. This volume would also act as a privacy screen from the neighbouring property locating the driveway and access in between the property line and this volume. It includes 2 bedrooms facing the pool and 2 guest bedrooms facing the opposite direction to a proposed sunken patio that opens towards the view.

The main volume, running paralell to the contours is a mostly glazed unit with a few breaks between floors to produce terraces and other features. It houses an open concept space with kitchen, dining and living areas facing the proposed infinity edge pool. On the second floor a little office and the master suite are organized with generous areas and terraces.

The two bedrooms on the secondary volume have access to the pool patio through a deck and stairs which are part of an ipe wood volume that conceals the pool equipment and acts as a shed attached to the house.

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The exterior finishes of the house consists of cedar siding with different tones for each volume and metal panel matching the window frames. The pool walls are cladded with ledgestone while the patio is made out of bluestone pavers. There's an exterior stair connecting the pool patio with the basement which also was designed to bring natural light to this floor. The project after some time of work was put on hold by the client due to personal problems but the design remains as a testimony of what it was an inspirational endeavor.