Salt Point, New York, USA
“The extension was designed to be strikingly simple and minimal, which is reflected not only in its graphic language, but also in its materiality,” explains Reddymade founder Suchi Reddy.
“The metal rib exterior allows for a crisp edge, and ensures project longevity. Through its materiality, it also has a relationship with the previously completed Artfarm on the property,” he adds referring to a gallery building.
Artist Ai Weiwei and Suchi Reddy collaborated on the design of this 2,000-square-foot addition to an existing home was conceived as a hexagonal extrusion that is a counterpoint to the hexagonal plan of the pavilions of the existing house.
Connected to the existing house by a glass-enclosed corridor, the addition perches over the landscape framing the spectacular views precisely.
Called “Salt Point,” the house contains a simple domestic programme – two bedrooms and a living space at the structure’s heart.
Bedrooms flank the communal spaces, occupying the edges of a gently bent linear footprint.
Minimal, crisp white surfaces inside make the eye focus on the art dotting the interiors, while the large, picture frame windows draw the gaze towards the gardens outside and the nature beyond.
“We intentionally kept a minimal material palette to provide a neutral and light setting for artworks and furniture from the client’s private collection,” explains Reddy.
Both architects share the same approach to poetry and to architecture, which was key to the design process: Treating the minimalist escape home as a functional piece of spatial design but at the same time, an art form.
“Its simplicity and clarity of concept makes it special. It is about adding an object to the property, on which the clients have installed sculptural artworks,” concludes Reddy.
“The extension has its own sculptural quality, but simultaneously doesn’t feel like a showpiece. It’s humble.
Project: Salt Point
Architects: Ai Weiwei and Reddymade