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Acoustics Trump Aesthetics in this New York Home with Series of Parallel Walls

How often have you come across a home designed to offer the perfect acoustics? Sure, we all ponder it while designing the home theater, media room or even a more modest TV room. But what about the rest of the house? Nestled in Amagansett, New York and designed by Bates Masi Architects, the truly exceptional Elizabeth II provides a captivating answer to that question. This is a house that is dictated by top-notch acoustic and quality, and those who crafted it spent considerable time researching architectural acoustics and the specific solutions that would work in this busy, and at times frantic, resort town.

Series of parallel walls with wooden paneling shape the unique Elizabeth II in Amagansett, New York

The result is something that captivates you instantly with a series of thick, parallel concrete walls creating a smart and stylish family home where privacy is coupled with an air of peacefulness. The series of walls grow progressively taller as they move outward, with those forming the peripheral keeping out almost all the outside noise. Add to this the distinct presence of wide cedar board siding that is literally ‘stapled on’ using custom stainless steel clips, and you have a home that does everything it can to ensure that the open living area is detached from the constant hustle and bustle outdoors.

Sliding glass walls and doors bring contrast to the exclusive Elizabeth II

Open living area of the elegant private residence in Amagansett

Wide cedar board siding becomes a part of the interior at this acoutically sound New York home

Walls clad in cedar board siding and held together using custom stainless steel clips at the New York Residence

Custom floating vanity and sink for the contemporary master bathroom

The use of stainless steel clips was a masterstroke that helps the architects to use the cedar boards without having to worry about damage over time due to seasonal expansion and contraction of wood. Using these cool clips allowed them to leave enough of a space between the boards to account for this, even while giving the walls a hint of metallic glitter! Custom variants of these clips are also used as hooks and cabinet pulls throughout the house, fashioning a sense of continuity.

Customized variation of the stainless steel clips used to hold cedar boards turned into hooks

Acoustically designed staircase keeps noise down to a minimum

Tapered thickness of stairs as you move upwards gives them a unique acoustic quality

Design of multiple parallel walls with varying heights creates perfect acoutsics

Simple backyard and pool design with contemporary style

Lighting adds to the unique appeal of the home clad in cedar boards

A layer of felt below these cedar boards also helps improve both the acoustics and insulation of the home, as every room and architectural feature inside has been designed keeping in mind the overall flow of sound through the spacious residence. With a curated backyard, a relaxing pool deck and a spa, this inimitable New York dwelling tells you that not everything is always about aesthetics alone!

Concrete walls with felt panel and cedar boards offers a quiet and peaceful modern home

Floor plan of first level of the lavish New York home

Second level floor plan of the Elizabeth II

Site plan of the New York home with top notch acoustics

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