Eco House

Eco House

Atelier Vibeke Lichten
Shelter island Long Island, NY, USA
Project Year
Private Houses
Evan Joseph NY
Product Spec Sheet
Doors and Windows Arcadia Inc
Kitchen CabinetsBERLONI
Product Spec Sheet
by Duravit
Doors and Windows
Kitchen Cabinets
by Daikin

Eco House

Atelier Vibeke Lichten as Architects

Located off the coast of the Peconic River, between the North and South forks on Long Island in the state of New York, Shelter Island is accessible only by ferry. While during the summer months the island’s population swells to over 10,000 year-round residents total only about 2,300. 

Eco House is located on a one-acre plot of land located at edge of the wooded Shelter Island Heights on the North side of the island above Crescent beach, with Amazing winter water views and ravishing sunsets. The two structures built on the site are independent, but share the interior “piazza" a link between the Main Eco House and the Pool House; it acts as a connecting communal space for socializing and relaxing. The vineyard creates a buffer zone between the salt-waterswimming pool area and the road below.

Eco House, The Main building is 2025 Sq/ft, comprising a large Living Room, Kitchen and Dining area straight off the Main Entry. Along the long East/ West facades are porches, accessible from the large sliding glass window doors typical in the entire house, providing ample daytime light and views to outdoors lush gardens seamlessly connecting inside and outside. The Master Bedroom and Master Bath are located on the North side providing privacy. Two additional bedrooms, one acting as a TV room, one guest room, are on the south side of the house with en suite baths.

The Pool house is 1,380 Sq/ft with two spacious bedrooms and two baths on the top floor, a pool house Living Room/ Kitchenette, Full Bath and Sauna on the intermediate pool level adjacent to large wood deck, it services as a second socializing area in hot summer days.

The two-car garage 750 sq/ft is at the lower level with a connecting interior and exterior stair. The house is equipped with 2 electric car chargers, one in Garage and one on upper level Eco House parking area. Back up batteries for emergency store electric from solar panels.

The house is built out of concrete, the facades articulated by design to create a pattern, but mostly used for rapidity of construction, durability, and ease of upkeep. The upper portion of the Pool house is cladded with Cedar horizontal variable width and depths siding boards, they are a salute to the local building vernacular used on Shelter Island.

The house is intended to minimize its carbon footprint, by providing solar electricity for heating and other usages on one hand and ultra efficient means of constructions to maximize conservation. All the main house horizontal surfaces are utilized for Porches with shading provided by cantilevered canopies on east and west sides. A circular stair, on North side of the house, lead to the flat roof of Eco House. A Mahogany wood Deck from which the Peconic River is visible allows for a stunning 4th of July party. A vegetable garden separated the deck from the adjacent Solar panels. The Electricity generated by the sun keeps the house warm via the radiant floor heating system during colder months and charges the family electric car. 

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