Mill Creek Close
Inspired by its agrarian context, this Water Mill complex features barnlike forms with pitched roofs and cedar shingles in a minimalist play on the local vernacular. A desire to integrate outdoor spaces into the architecture informed the design strategy. The program is divided into two parallel volumes that slip past each other. A glass connector acts as a central hub between the two volumes of the house and links the entertaining courtyards on each side. Per the owners’ directive, outdoor living takes top priority, and a series of outdoor rooms provide generous spaces for lounging, dining, and unwinding at the bar.

At the interior, the gabled form allows for sweeping cathedral ceilings within a grand living space. The pair of volumes establishes distinct programmatic zones, with clusters of public spaces, private spaces, and service cores. At the second floor, one volume houses bedrooms for the family and the other serves as guest quarters.

Neither fussy nor serious, this project serves as a comfortable and relaxed retreat from which to indulge in the pleasures of summer.