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Sag Harbor Bates Masi + Architects Win Top Honors from Residential Architecture Magazine

"Piersons Way"
"Piersons Way"
An East Hampton home, designed by the Sag Harbor firm Bates Masi + Architects, has won an award from Residential Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. The institute’s jurors named the 7,400 square-foot house, “Piersons Way,” as the 2014 custom home of the year in the category of houses over 3,000 square feet.

“It integrates the landscape really well into the project all the way through,” juror Gregory Hoss said. Another juror, Josh Shelton, added, “This is one of those big luxury sprawling propositions that is just beautiful.”

The architects turned to a local typology for inspiration: the potato barn.

“There are several different reasons the context of the place came from our area,” Paul Masi, one of the firm’s partners, told Patch. “We took some things away from the traditional design and left the emphasis on the landscape, because that’s the main reason why we’re all here.”

As described by Residential Architect, the designers created a series of “gabled volumes clad in Alaskan yellow shakes that house living and entertainment spaces on the ground floor, and family bedrooms on the second floor of the central volume. To minimize the scale of the house in the neighborhood, a false ground plane was created that brings the landscaping up from grade to the second-story windows, ensuring that the entire structure appears to be only a single story.”

“Great architecture takes into consideration not just buildings but nature, and how that matters on a higher scale translates into a dialogue between the interior and exterior spaces,” Masi told Patch. “To have a core idea that continues through the entire structure—that’s a seamless experience.”

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