The guesthouse at the Montauk Residence designed by James Biber and his team at Pentagram Architects has won a Citation for Design in the 2009 AIA New York State Design Awards. The project was recognized in the Residential, Small Projects (under 2,000 sq ft) category of the competition. The guesthouse is adjacent to the main house, which received its own Citation for Design in the 2006 AIANYS awards in the Residential, Large Projects category.
Each house has its own identity, yet they complement each other on the site. The guesthouse is supported on steel beams that give it the appearance of being almost entirely airborne, hovering over a pool and the ocean beyond. The guesthouse plan is modeled on a motel, with access to rooms off a continuous balcony that looks on the residence’s courtyard. The side facing away from the property has been louvered to conceal the neighbor’s house next door and at the same time preserve the ocean views and allow for air circulation. More about the Montauk Residence here.
Project Team: James Biber, FAIA, Michael Zweck-Bronner, AIA, Alex Mergold, AIA, Suzanne Holt and Denise Ramzy.
The screening room designed by James Biber for the Montauk Residence is scouted by The Cool Hunter. The room was inspired by Radio City Music Hall and 2001: A Space Odyssey, writes Brendan McKnight, “and as in the Music Hall, the lights are positioned to glow away from the viewers—because we all hate to have lights in our eyes when watching the big screen.” The project was previously featured in The New York Times.
The screening room in the Montauk Residence designed by James Biber is visited by the Home & Garden section of the New York Times, in a special feature about lighting for dark rooms. “Because the theater is in the basement, it shouldn’t imitate an ordinary, windowed room in the house, and so I looked for inspiration elsewhere,” Biber tells Elaine Louie. “That elsewhere turned out to be Radio City Music Hall, where the lighting is hidden in the arches facing the stage.”
The Montauk residence designed by James Biber and his team is featured in the October issue of Architectural Record. (Online with slideshow and audio interview with Biber.) Jane Kolleeny writes: “The elusive boundaries between the buildings and outdoor spaces pay tribute to the Case Study House program. Here, the architect considered not only his design’s visual impact, but how it would engage other senses, as well. In particular, he wanted the residential compound to embrace nature by capturing the omnipresent sound of the ocean. As Biber describes it, ‘The house is like a vessel for listening to the sea.’”
The Robb Report features the Montauk Residence designed by James Biber and associate Michael Zweck-Bronner in the cover story of the September issue of Vacation Homes, out now. The residence was designed as “a case study house in New York” inspired by a trip Biber took to California to experience the original mid-century icons. The result is “a beautifully detailed, very elegant case study house” overlooking the Atlantic and with all the modern accoutrements.
The Montauk Residence, designed by James Biber and his team, has won an American Architecture Award for distinguished buildings. Sponsored by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the award is co-presented annually by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies and Abitare magazine to 35 new buildings either located in the United States or built abroad by American architects. The award serves to identify “the new cutting-edge design direction, urban philosophy, design approach, style and intellectual substance in American architecture today.”
Images of the award-winning projects can be found at the Chicago Athenaeum website.
The Montauk Residence designed by James Biber was featured in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. (Scroll down to “High-Water Mark” in Style.) Pilar Viladas writes: “It may look breezy and insouciant, but it’s quite serious in its solid, sumptuous materials and attention to detail, like a villa that has found itself at the edge of the sea.”
The Montauk Residence designed by Pentagram Architecture has received a Citation for Design in the 2006 AIA New York State Design Awards. Project design by James Biber, Michael Zweck-Bronner, Alex Mergold, Suzanne Holt and Denise Ramzy.