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Guest/Host House

Guest/Host House

Social strands that weave over and under and into and out from each other—an unraveled and rewoven courtyard house—drawing forth varying symbiotic associations of guest and host.

Springs, East Hampton, NY
2001-6

Like many houses in the Hamptons, this is neither a guest house nor a host house, as the owners can’t afford to own without renting in the high season. Sampling and scratching our materials from the local (host) residential context — gunite (from pools), wood siding and decking, grasses and sand and quartz stones from the nearby beach — we created social strands that weave over and under and into and out from each other, an unraveled and rewoven courtyard house, drawing forth varying symbiotic associations of guest and host.

Design: LeClair Lucas