Qual Hill Residence by Bates Masi Architects
The Qual Hill Residence is a contemporary 3400 square foot home situated in Amagansett, New York. The clients hired Bates Masi Architects to create a house that features a gabled form, shingled siding and a massive chimney which resembles the traditional houses on eastern Long Island.
As you move closer, it is noticeable that the shingles are a woven screen made of oak stakes and the chimney is made of thin concrete panels.
From the architects: “At the first meeting, the clients introduced both their growing family and growing art collection. They were particularly excited about a new artist, Vik Muniz, whose works based on photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis provided a delightful discovery upon closer inspection: paintings of the iconic images rendered in peanut butter and jelly. This moment of discovery and playful deception became the design concept of the house.”
From the architects: “Entering the house, with a view of the pool and gardens beyond, the wall enclosing the stair looks like translucent stone. One has to look very carefully to see that it is a double paned glass wall filled with small seashells, a reference to the nearby beaches. The double-height living/dining room is a compatible scale and space for the large works of art and family gatherings. The fireplace surround reflects fragmented images of the art and surrounding landscape while its crystalline appearance defies its humble origins: polished stainless steel military dog tags.”