The project, located on the border of Nassau and Queens county, was initially denied by the town’s “architecture review board” because the flat roof design which was thought to not match the character of the other nearby homes. However, with the clients support, THE UP STUDIO went before a public hearing to explain the primary concepts. This presentation included the idea that a flat roof provided space for ample, discreet solar panels. Once the intent behind each of the primary design decisions had been presented, the village board unanimously approved the project that same night.
The new home was to provide a ground floor master suite with home office, living, dining, kitchen while the second floor was to provide guest suites for their children who were away, or going away to college. The master wing was placed towards the southwest corner of the property to maximize daylighting while the garage and utility spaces were placed to the northeast of the property. The main massing and program of the home was used to link the opposite program elements with living + kitchen at the ground floor and the bedroom suites occupying the space above. This block was setback from the street to maximize the daylighting opportunities at the rear of the property as well as minimize the impact of the home on the street side. The formal dining area was placed towards the street side with the vertical circulation between the two zones.