When a Big Idea Happens
Water Mill – Mecox Bay & The Atlantic Ocean
August 29, 2016
Houses are born from an idea. Ideas are spawned by vision, sometimes emanating from one individual; in other cases, developed in groupthink fashion to arrive at a final master plan.
1320 Flying Point road isn’t just any idea. It’s a big idea, conceived by a trio of celebrated design professionals teaming-up to deliver on their client’s vision: a modern structure that is both a home and a work of art – one that will endure as an important work in the modernist arena; a house at the beach, which merges the indoors with the outdoors; a visual interplay between the highest quality and most beautiful building materials; and, an interior design plan as striking and sophisticated as it is comfortable and sensuous. This is a beach house and a dream house.
In 2010, architect Fred Stelle delivered on the idea. It was constructed by MEN AT WORK and designed on the inside by the famed interior designer Jacques Grange. An ultimate “A” team, if you will, that produced a spectacular result, bringing together in glorious harmony, the very best of natural and man-made elements.
It starts with the location. A .37-acre land parcel caressed on all sides by Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. One enters the property by way of a long, meticulously hedged gravel driveway, strikingly reminiscent of the entrance to an Italian villa, sparking the anticipation of what might come next. And, there are many surprises. First, the structure itself: a five bedroom, four-and-a-half bath, three-story modern beach house floating amidst the dunes.
Stelle used expansive walls of glass to create an invisible barrier between the interior and exterior living spaces. To make the idea work, he blends soft-toned fired granite stone flooring with Brazilian Ipe wood on the ceilings. He designed the flooring and wooden ceilings for installation on both sides of the glass wall, creating an invisible, seamless transition from inside to out. To further integrate the elements, he designed the Infinity pool as part of the overall composition so that from the main level, water is visible across each dimension of the sightline that stretches from the house to Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This all takes place on the main living floor, which is the home’s second level, comprised of the living room, dining room, stunning white and stainless steel Boffi kitchen, and library. The master suite and four additional bedrooms-all with water views-are located on the third level.
It was Jacques Grange, collaborating with Stelle, who fashioned the interior design. Modern, exacting and playful, his execution completed Stelle’s architectural vision with absolute precision.
The house has over 4,000 square feet of interior living space and over 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. It was hard to walk-away from the bay and ocean views from the wrap-around Ipe wood decking with its slotted Ipe overhangs. There are two massive stone outdoor fireplaces-one which is just off the library on the main level; the other is on the third level-a wine cellar on the lower level, a geo-thermal heating and cooling system plus radiant heat in the stone flooring.