This unique layout was conceptualized by a patriarch whose goal was to have distinct separate living spaces for his entire family with enough room for future generations to thrive, expand, and co-mingle. The resulting “Necklace Residence” in the secluded woods of Long Island, New York consists of 8 different structures that are arranged in a large ring shape, unified by the central courtyard.
The home is wrapped in large-format mirrored glass that has no visual difference between fixed and operable panels, producing unmitigated abstract architectural expression, and creating an appearance of floating boxes that seem to blend into their surroundings. The lofted areas of the home exhibit a soffit that is clad with mirror-polished stainless steel panels. The system includes specially designed windows and doors are 16’ tall and 5.5’ wide, and can be operated manually or automatically, eliminating the need for horizontal joints in the exterior façade system. A 21’ x 24’ glazed “retractable wall” is indistinguishable from the fixed façade system while in the raised position, but can be lowered into the ground to allow unimpeded visual and physical access between indoors and out. Additionally, each home features courtyard-facing walls whose panels pivot one way to allow access to the outdoors, and another to provide for complete privacy.The inner courtyard itself is enclosed with cylindrical curved highly transparent glass. This façade system includes insulated curved glass doors with custom, minimally detailed stainless steel frames. The large overhangs above more transparent areas of the façade reduce solar heat gain.
Front provided design, thermal and structural engineering, quantification, cost estimating, and architecture documentation services from concept design through construction documents.