Close to the tip of Long Island, the town of Amagansett is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and Napeague State Park on a third. The Hamptons border the small town to the west, and while some of that area’s flash spills over into it, Amagansett exudes a bucolic maritime rusticity that has attracted fishermen, surfers, and year-round beach lovers for decades. Mansions are easy to find along the town’s ocean and bayside waterfront lots, but the area’s real architectural treasure trove is to be found in a small enclave of 25 midcentury modern cottages nestled away in clandestine dunes.
It was in this small enclave that Bates Masi was recently commissioned to replace an original weather-beaten structure with something new. The challenge was three-fold: The house needed to withstand flooding exacerbated by more powerful storms, stave off noise from the nearby highway and railway, and remain aesthetically consonant with the surrounding properties. In essence, “we were challenged to perpetuate the beach cottage’s serenity of place despite present-day disturbances,” architect Paul Masi explained to AN Interior.
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