Featured Project: Genius Loci By Bates Masi
March 8, 2013
Project: Genius Loci
Architect: Bates Masi + Architects
Location: Montauk, New York
With snow blanketing much of the East Coast and more on the way, we thought we’d feature some amazing projects that scream “summer.” And what’s more summer than a deluxe villa in the Hamptons? Bates Masi brings us an incredible house on Long Island called Genius Loci, a cerebral architectural term meaning “spirit of the place.” As long as we’re borrowing high-brow terminology, we might appropriate the winemaking concept of terroir, which also means the indescribable result of a place’s particular climate, geography, and culture that contribute to the final consumable product (in our case, architecture). The Montauk house is strongly tied to the Hamptons in typology, scale, and materiality. Two separate shingled volumes are connected by a screened bridge without visible supports below. A large raised terrace boasts an infinity pool and unmatched ocean views. If this is the elusive “spirit of Montauk,” we’re packing our bags!
Read more about this project in the Architizer database!
Photos: Michael Moran Studio