A narrow triangular site on a sandy bluff of
a North Carolina barrier island, considered unbuildable by
the local authorities, was selected for a vacation home by
a young couple. The design was to embody the airy and casual
nature of the dunes, and its waterfront and windswept setting.
A planned sequence of experiences, starting at the exterior
stair and “bridge”, culminates in spectacular views across
Roanoke Sound from the top floor. A nonstandard layout situates
the main living spaces on the upper floor to increase vistas,
with bedrooms located on the more private middle floor. The
ground level, prone to possible flooding, contains minimal
utilitarian functions. Because of the location, special structural
precautions were implemented to resist hurricane forces in
excess of 110 mph.
Steven J. Suski, design architect