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Rye Translucence Residence

Rye, NY

Residential Single Family


Barnes Coy Architects


Rye, NY

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DRPILLA contributed geotechnical and structural engineering design expertise to the development of this two-story, wood-framed L-shaped residence. The entrance frontage is divided into two distinct elements: one characterized by transparency, the other predominantly opaque. A sweeping horizontal motion is achieved through a 60-foot-long brise-soleil featuring open slats, extending to the southern edge of the house. This structure acts as a shielding canopy, safeguarding the upstairs gallery from direct sunlight. The wedge-shaped architectural layout serves as a source of natural light, diffusing into both the living room and the upper floor housing five bedrooms, including the master suite.

Soaring Cantilevered Staircase

Within, a strikingly cantilevered staircase ascends the two-story void positioned between the curtain wall on one side and the living room on the other. A scaled-down iteration of the staircase extends upwards into the open air, seemingly breaking free from the confines of the interior space, while beneath it lies a fully equipped gym and recreation room.

Translucent Tranquility

The L-shaped design of the house redirects itself away from a neighboring residence to the south, establishing a privacy shield around the pool terrace. A feeling of airiness and transparency permeates the interior and ascends through intersecting levels and layers, revealing openness in some areas while maintaining a veiled quality in others.

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