Kiht’han Floodwater House
Sited adjacent to a coastal pond and the ocean in Sagaponack, New York, the Kiht’han Floodwater House is prone to flooding. Instead of letting it negatively impact their design, Bates Masi + Architects used the periodic rising waters as inspiration for a modern dwelling. The home, along with the pool, decks, and sanitary field, is elevated off the ground. Living spaces have been divided among a series of connected vertical volumes to allow water to flow around them. Perched above the ground, each room is afforded views of the wetlands and the sea through thoughtfully placed glazed panels while the remainder of the home is clad in board and batten wood siding. The choice of facade not only complements the local vernacular but also filter through water and light. For a smooth visual progression from the exterior, wood-clad interior walls on the first floor reproduce the external siding and transition into wainscoting and light walls on the upper level. The neutral palette creates a warm, airy atmosphere to take in the coastal scenery.