A tranquil montauk beach house

Complete with Behind the Scene Details & Design Tips From Architect, Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration

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07/15/2016

This fun three-­story, split level house for a young family is nestled atop a bluff in Montauk, New York surrounded by sumac and spruce trees. The owners wanted their house to have a light, unpretentious, casual feel befitting a beach house in the sleepy surfing town of Montauk. Kevin Greenberg of design team Space Exploration, “employed a material palette of light, neutral colors and pale woods to create a tranquil, airy atmosphere that showcases an eclectic collection of furniture and objects, collected by the owners during travels to Morocco, Europe and Central America.”

The living area is situated on the top floor to maximize the dramatic views of Fort Pond and Fort Pond Bay. Open to the living area, the kitchen acts as a flexible social setting.  “Floor­-to-­ceiling sliding doors and a large rectangular skylight flood the space with an abundance of natural light.”

Other design strategies included relocating and expanding windows in several rooms to better frame views and maximize light. Window systems with minimal jamb detailing were selected to emphasize the connection between indoors and outdoors.

Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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“Countertops of marine-grade Baltic birch plywood – originally intended to be temporary – eventually won over the owners, who have decided to keep them. The kitchen table is a repurposed marble slab, which previously topped an island (since demolished) in the owner’s home in Brooklyn. The brass pulls in the kitchen are actually towel holders by the Japanese brand Futagami.”

Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Flooring throughout the top two floors is wide-plank red oak, blanched and stained nearly white.

Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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We want our projects to be still and reserved, to whisper, rather than shout. We strive to imbue our work with understated elegance, and to design details that invite closer inspection, without demanding attention. Above all, we hope that the spaces we design will help to elevate and amplify the pleasure of all the small moments that give life meaning. Kevin Greenberg

Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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The lower floor houses the children’s bedroom, a home office, and a sunken solarium/recreation room that opens directly to the house’s sprawling grounds.

Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Walnut shelving by Atlas Industries.

Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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Interior Architecture, Detailing and Photography by Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration. Montauk beach house.
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“Don’t settle for bad design. It’s an old adage, but we think it’s important that you should surround yourself only with things that bring you pleasure and peace of mind every time you experience or interact with them – from the color of your walls, to the tile in your bathroom, to your furniture, right down to the utensils in your kitchen. Invest in beautiful, lasting things that you love and get rid of the rest.” Kevin Greenberg

We couldn’t agree more.  Sanctuary Seekers – what are some of the beautiful things you surround yourselves with?

Meet the designer Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration
Bio:

Kevin Greenberg is the founding principal of Space Exploration. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to founding Space Exploration in 2008, he worked for firms in New York, Seattle, and Japan. In addition to his design practice, Greenberg is an active writer and teacher. He serves on the editorial boards of PIN-UP and The Last Magazine. He has been a guest critic at Pratt Institute, RISD, Columbia University, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin, and New York Institute of Technology.

Specializing in high-end residential and hospitality projects, Space Exploration seeks to create spaces that resonate with subtle harmony. Our firm’s projects are driven by a love of simplicity, nuance, craftsmanship and the integrity of beautiful materials expressed through construction. Space Exploration has great reverence for history, but also prizes innovation and fresh ideas. We believe the surest path to a successful and beautiful project is through a sustained, clear and open dialogue between designer and client.

What is your design philosophy?
We love a quote from Gio Ponti: “Love architecture for its silence, in which lies its voice, its secret and powerful song.” At Space Exploration we believe architecture should create a beautiful, tranquil backdrop for daily life. We want our projects to be still and reserved, to whisper, rather than shout. We strive to imbue our work with understated elegance, and to design details that invite closer inspection, without demanding attention. Above all, we hope that the spaces we design will help to elevate and amplify the pleasure of all the small moments that give life meaning.
What are some design tips you can give to help us create our own modern sanctuary?
Don’t settle for bad design. It’s an old adage, but we think it’s important that you should surround yourself only with things that bring you pleasure and peace of mind every time you experience or interact with them — from the color of your walls to the tile in your bathroom to your furniture, right down to the utensils in your kitchen. Invest in beautiful, lasting things that you love and get rid of the rest.

Keep it sparse. We find our space feels most peaceful when we’re able to limit the number of things surrounding us to just a few of my favorites at any given time.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good composition. Find balance between colors, textures, and proportions at scales both small and large.
What is YOUR Modern Sanctuary?
I love unexpected green places nestled into dense urban settings. In Tokyo, I love the long wooded approach to Meiji Jingumae and the beautiful grounds of the temple itself. It’s hard to believe it’s just steps away from the bustling chaos of Harajuku. In New York, I love the classic Modernist “pocket parks” scattered throughout the city. There are half a dozen or so of them, and they are typically the width of a building and occur mid-block, with towering structures on either side. Paley Park, located just down the street from the Museum of Modern Art, is my favorite. I love to sit for a half hour or so on a beautiful summer day and lose myself in the cool of its soothing wall of water, ample shade and sheltering trees.
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