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Beach Glass

A see-through house in the Hamptons puts its location front and center.

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Photographs by Paúl Rivera/ArchPhoto



Illustration by Jason Lee  

When architect Roger Ferris was tasked with building a beach house on Massimo Tassan-Solet and Karin Dauch’s one-acre waterfront property in Noyac, the first thing he did was study the light and view in order to create as site-­specific a structure as possible. “If I can imagine the house somewhere else, I don’t do it,” he says. “The setting was just so spectacular—as an architect, I thought, Well, I can only screw this up.” That was hardly the case: Ferris, the design principal of Roger Ferris + Partners, has overseen the renovation of Philip Johnson’s Wiley House, as well as the construction of a wing of St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis and the Bridge golf clubhouse in Bridgehampton. He began this bay-abutting project by sweeping away the existing fifties-era Cape Cod house and designing a simple scheme for the new structure. The living areas would be on the first floor and the four bedrooms on the second, and there would be a playroom for their three kids in the basement, plus home offices for Tassan-Solet and Dauch, accessible but separate from the main building. “It’s kind of an inside-out house,” says Ferris of its transparency. During construction, the family was so eager to move in that they lived in an on-site trailer for two months before the house was finished in March 2012. Recalls Dauch, “I used to kayak past this property and thought it was like this hidden paradise.”

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