WEST NECK HARBOR
The relation between architecture and its site, the built and the natural, has been a perennial disciplinary preoccupation. Landscape Formations is a project that attempts to engage these questions through the design of a master plan for a 5-acre private waterfront property located on the southern tip of Shelter Island, NY. The clients, a photographer and a sculptor, were interested in exploring strategies to amplify their experience of the captivating site and its natural features. Our proposal incorporates the familiar organic geometries of the seaboard to create a series of low elements, subtle but distinct traces on the ground, that stage episodes or events that activate previously underused areas. These new platforms suggest unexpected ways of connecting with nature, land and water, choreographing new rituals for inhabiting a territory.