Blaze Makoid Architecture Takes Home Five Awards at AIA Long Island Chapter’s 55th Annual Archi Awards

Manhasset, NY – November 15, 2019 – Blaze Makoid Architecture is pleased to announce its win of the 2019 Excellence in Architecture Award at this evening’s AIA Long Island Chapter’s 55th Annual Archi Awards held in Manhasset, NY. The award was bestowed in the  Small Project, Under $300 Thousand category, for the firm’s  Quimby Pool House project in Bridgehampton. Blaze Makoid Architecture also was presented with four additional awards, including three Archi Award Commendations for outstanding achievement in the residential single family over $3 million category for the firm’s projects  Bull Path in East Hampton, NY,  Sagaponack Compound in Sagaponack, NY and  Shooting Star in Teton Village, WY. Additionally, the firm earned an Archi Award Commendation for their  Sunken Garden project, in recognition of outstanding achievement in the  Historic Restoration/Adaptive Reuse Category

Quimby Pool House, Bridgehampton, NY:  The program, which consists of shaded and roofed living space, kitchen, shower and bath, offered unique challenges regarding views, privacy and service.  A simple core was created (housing the kitchen, bath and mechanical spaces) and located to divide the public living space from the outdoor shower and bath. For the screen, inspiration was taken from the surrounding natural environment developing into an organic pattern cut from lightweight aluminum panels. These panels served to shade the sun from above but also to direct views while creating privacy and a sense of enclosure. By installing a glass roof between the structural members and screens we allowed sunlight in but kept the rain out creating a roof that disappeared while serving its purpose.  Small Project, Under $300 Thousand Category  

Image Courtesy © Charles Mayer

Bull Path, East Hampton, NY: This 6,200 square foot house in East Hampton was designed to serve as a personal retreat hidden among the trees. Large walls of floating stone panels are incorporated at the approach to the house creating a level of monumentality as well as providing privacy to the street and guest parking. Behind these two panels resides a pair of two-story volumes oriented in an offset ‘T’ configuration. A double height glass entry link frames the distant views across the length of the property via a 12-foot by 75-foot reflecting/swimming pool.  This configuration is meant to cradle the built outdoor spaces as well as a play lawn, while maximizing daylight and southern exposure in what is otherwise a densely shaded site. The east/west volume contains an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen at the ground level with a master suite on the second floor.  The column free leg of the north/south volume is made up of an outdoor living and dining space which is sheltered from the elements by the second floor children’s bedrooms. This wing is supported by a fifty-five-foot beam resting on a single ‘super column’, hidden within the outdoor bath.  A guest suite, home office and family den round out the above grade program. The residence also contains an extensive subterranean level that extends far beyond the footprint of the first two floors and provides patio, terrace and garden space at the first floor level.  This lower level houses more lively and boisterous activities, including a children’s playroom, gym, home theater, game room, and home bar that opens onto a private patio bordered by a water wall from the pool above.  Residential Single Family, Over $3 Million Category  

Image Courtesy © Marco Ricca

Image Courtesy © Marco Ricca

Sagaponack Compound, Sagaponack, NY: Located on a flat, 4 ½ acre flag lot, this 17,000 square foot family compound is conceived of as ‘stone wall’ in the landscape that connects agrarian inspired ‘outbuildings’. The central volume comprises the main entry to the house, as well as the living and dining rooms. The Agrarian inspired outbuildings contain a family wing, guest wing, game room, pool house and freestanding garage. The design explores the contrasts of rustic and luxury, casual with formal, modern versus traditional. The contrast is notably present in the palette of exterior materials, inspired by longstanding construction techniques utilized on simple gabled roofed structures, and yet the compositions of these materials form very modern buildings. Materials are simple and classic and occur inside and out – cedar, stone and glass. The approach to the house is across a large reflecting pool to the main entry.  To create a resort-like feel, this is designed as a tall ‘lobby,’ which during summer months remains open from front to back, with doors located on both the living room and guest wing sides of the house.  As the months progress to more inclement weather, these doors are tucked into pockets and the previously unused doors at the front and rear openings are then closed, organizing the house into a more traditional sequence. The formal living and dining room that occupy the garden wall take advantage of a one and a half story operable glass curtain wall on both sides. A cedar clad roof appears to float above the glass and stone structure, supported only by a few concealed columns. Outdoor spaces such as a screened dining pavilion, a terraced lounge, a seating area under a bosque, and the pool and spa link spaces between the outbuildings, while connecting interior spaces to the landscape.  Residential Single Family, Over $3 Million Category  

Photographer: Attire Fire Photography

Shooting Star, Teton Village, WY: This 8,650 square foot home, designed for a family of five, is situated on the Jackson Hole valley floor, surrounded by the picturesque Teton Mountain Range, at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A long, covered walk leads to a single story, glass entry hall that both links and divides two, two story wings.  The South wing consists of a vaulted Great Room, Kitchen and Dining areas as well as Cocktail Room and Home Office on the first floor and the Master Suite above.  The North wing on the opposite side of the Entry Hall houses the Bunk Room, Laundry, Ski Room, Garage/Gear Storage and outdoor Ski Lockers. Guest Suites and TV Lounge make up the balance of this wing. The home’s main outdoor living spaces are pushed to the front of the site, to take advantage of mountain views as well as the warm sunsets. The project’s modern exterior aesthetic is balanced by the design’s nod to local vernacular architecture and climate. The cedar shingle, gabled, cold roof is engineered to hold snow in the winter and disappear into the landscape from the mountain. The roof’s eaves extend to protect the reclaimed barn wood sided walls form the elements. A ribbon of rustic local fieldstone runs the perimeter of the project’s base and turns vertically to clad chimneys and feature walls.  Residential Single Family, Over $3 Million Category

Photographer: Paul Dyer Photography

Sunken Garden, East Hampton, NY: This one-acre site is located in the historic district of the Village of East Hampton. It was originally part of a much larger estate built around 1903 and subsequently torn down. Blaze Makoid Architecture’s project focuses on the reuse of the abandoned foundation, which is situated between the new house and the pool area, the redesign of the pathways, arbor and pool.The goal  was to create a series of outdoor spaces, ranging from contemplative to large scale entertaining. Inspired by the modernist interventions of Carlo Scarpa, the design inserts elements that complement and honor the existing structure. Precast concrete stairs, board-formed concrete walls, cedar structures and steel details make up a legible material palette. In the front yard, a rundown brick walkway was taken apart and rebuilt with the salvaged bricks and a contemporary robust arbor was installed, framing the view of a patinated steel sculpture by Simi Dabah, a focal point at the terminus of the path. The hub of the project is a trellised lounge area that overlooks the foundation. Adjacent to it, a grand stair of 14’ wide treads descend into the sunken foundation. Three ‘rooms’ are arranged by function along the length of the foundation. At the west, a steel and concrete fountain dominates a meditative space surrounded on three sides by plantings.  At the center, a massive outdoor dining room seats forty guests. The ‘fire to water’ axis is completed at the east by a board-formed concrete fireplace and evening lounge.  Historic Restoration/Adaptive Reuse Category

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