Fire Island House by Andrew Franz Architect
Nestled on Fire Island, New York, the Fire Island House is a modern guest house designed by Andrew Franz Architect in 2020.
The house features an internal courtyard that connects the old and new parts of the building, and acts as an extension of the indoor-outdoor living space. The addition references the original building in geometry, cedar siding, and jalousie windows, but without mimicking the details. The ground-floor outdoor living areas are connected to the elevated decks by a new cantilevered stair seemingly floating away from the house. A simple palette of materials is used throughout to remain consistent with the original design.
Come and explore this beautiful house and experience the simplicity and elegance of modern design.
About Fire Island House
Creating a Seamless Connection
The internal courtyard of the new guest house serves as both a connector between the old and new and an extension of the indoor-outdoor living space. Careful consideration was taken in selecting the location for the new guest house to ensure that it was perfectly situated. The addition was designed to complement the original building by referencing its geometry, cedar siding, and jalousie windows, while also incorporating modern elements. By not mimicking Gifford’s details, the new guest house creates a seamless connection to the original building while still being distinct in its design.
Incorporating Modern Design Elements
A new cantilevered stair, which appears to be floating away from the house, connects the ground-floor outdoor living areas with the elevated decks. This modern design element adds a touch of sophistication to the overall design of the guest house. Additionally, throughout the guest house, a simple palette of materials was used to remain consistent with the original building’s design.
Consistent Design Palette
The use of a consistent design palette throughout the guest house adds to the overall aesthetic and creates a sense of harmony between the old and new. By using the same materials as the original building, the new guest house feels like a natural extension of the original structure. The use of a simple palette of materials also helps to maintain the guest house’s minimalist design while providing a clean and uncluttered look.
Interior Design by Peter Dunham Design