To Skew, Of Waves

Skew House




Location: Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island NY
Year: 2020
Status: Design
Team: Paul Coughlin, Michelle Schneider
The Skew House is located beach front, in Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island. A single bar geometry is skewed off axis from the waterline to capture a perspectival horizon out over the Atlantic Ocean. Functionally, the skew allows a large ocean-facing sun deck. Like a wave approaching, the A-frame roof ridge maintains a parallel relationship with the shoreline. A small slice is removed from the second floor volume for a pie-shaped deck. The southeast corner of the house is glass, allowing the beach and ocean right into the living space.