2020 Merit Award

Residential Design

East Lake Residence

Montauk, NY

Landscape Architect:

LaGuardia Design Group

Project Team:

Robert Yong Architects
Men at Work Construction
Fort Pond Native Plants


About the Project:

An intrinsic connection and respect for nature defines the East Lake Residence. The property was sited to fully capture and embrace the calming lakeside views, summer sunsets and cool breezes, while respecting and celebrating the tricky hillside drainage patterns present. An existing old bur oak was carefully protected during construction. The large tree anchors the main house while providing a majestic space for gathering, bird watching, and viewing sunsets over The Tidal Lake. A native plant palette knits the two conjoined lots together into a lush family compound; containing a main house and guest house with attached garage.

Honoring the hillside drainage requirements, a dry stream bed dotted with grasses, sedges, and iris meanders down the middle of the property, creating a functional solution to runoff, while filtering and slowing contaminants well before entering the lake. A local stone slab was reclaimed and placed as a bridge over the stream bed to functionally link the main house and pool area together. The bridge allows the family and visitors to engage the stream bed, while also creating separation between the swimming pool and main house.

Images by: LaGuardia Design Group

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