Minimalist weekend house
A narrow strip of ornamental grasses separates the entry walk (at right) from a concrete-paved patio off the dining room. Translucent polycarbonate panels above the dining room’s sliding glass doors filter light into the second-floor guest bedroom.
The Thayer Coggin love seats in the living area are from the Brooklyn shop Rico; the Marcel Breuer Laccio coffee table by Knoll came from Design Within Reach. A freestanding wood-burning Lancer fireplace by Malm and radiant heat in the concrete floors keep the room toasty in winter.
The two volumes of the house are wrapped in skins with differing degrees of transparency: opaque (black aluminum siding); translucent (polycarbonate panels); and clear (windows and glass doors).
A 20-foot-long Corian island cantilevered above the concrete floor holds an Elkay sink with Dornbracht fixtures. The Four painted-steel dining table and folding Dolly chairs are from Kartell.
In the ultra-minimalist kitchen, a white Gaggenau oven floats within a wall of painted MDF cupboards. The bentwood Taburet M stool is by Jørgen Møller.
Alongside the kitchen, a steel staircase enclosed in acrylic leads to the second-floor bedrooms.
A nook between the second-floor bedrooms makes for a cozy mini office.
The roofline slopes in sync with the interior staircase beneath it.
In the guest room, operable windows and fixed translucent panels create privacy but let in light and views.
Another window wall of clear and translucent panels makes the allwhite master bath glow with daylight.
Architects Stella Betts and David Leven stand in their all-white Manhattan studio (to the right of colleague Fernando Tirado).