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Minimalist box-like structure hovers above Shelter Island

A simple wooden box-like structure was designed by , a weekend retreat for a family of four, perched on the sand dunes of Shelter Island, New York. The home gracefully hovers above its natural terrain, overlooking its privileged water location, taking in natural breezes and mesmerizing sunsets. Comprised of 2,800 square feet, the design was inspired by traditional Japanese construction, with a post-and beam construction. An sheltered breezeway outside divides the main living areas from the sleeping areas, which encourages a causal, vacation atmosphere. The structure is comprised of responsibly harvested old-growth cypress wood, industrial steel windows, and polished concrete floors with radiant heat. The surrounding natural landscape was designed in collaboration with Edwina von Gal. The design team decided to keep the outside environment in its natural state, as if the dwelling was dropped right onto the dune. The interiors were designed in collaboration with Suzanne Shaker, left in a minimal styling, with functional built-in furnishings and custom designed cabinetry throughout.

What We Love: From the beautiful, simple clean lines that have been designed to capture the magnificent views of this beach home’s surroundings to the functional built-in furnishings; this is an easy, breezy vacation retreat that is the perfect low-maintenance family retreat. What do you think? What do you like or not like about this home? Is there anything you would design differently? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, we love to here your back!

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Photos: Courtesy of Tamarkin Architecture

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stunningly average – except for the shower.