Stone Houses by Leroy Street Studio

April 6, 2012

Leroy Street Studio designed two “Stone Houses” for a mother and daughter on a property in
Long Island, New York.


Description from the designers:

This weekend retreat sits on a flat, open 12 acre site in eastern Long Island. The clients, a mother and daughter, requested a low-maintenance residence that incorporated Westchester granite and great expanses of glass to take in views of the property. LSS introduced dry-stack stone walls to unify exterior and interior spaces and to knit the compound together. The walls, linked by water features, provide a unifying texture and distinguish the private, southern-oriented arrival side of the buildings from the northern-facing curtain walls.

The mothers’ house is split into public and private wings by a gallery overlooking a sculpture court.  The public wing is a singular volume subdivided by wrapping roofs: the lower roof creates an intimate dining area and screened porch, and the upper one defines the entry vestibule and living room.
The daughter’s house is composed of perpendicular roof planes which over-sail the stone walls; and a taught box of oak glu-lam portal frames wrapped in a continuous skin of louvers.

The two buildings together create an abstract composition of planar materials which redefine the property  as a series of internal and external courtyards spaces for the family.

Visit the Leroy Street Studio website – here.

Photography by Paul Warchol and Charles Mayer