In Southampton, architect Nina Edwards Anker builds a LEED-certified cottage where curved shingles meet prismatic glass walls.
After earning her doctorate at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and working in Norway’s capital as a teacher and research fellow, architect Nina Edwards Anker came home to the U.S. with a refreshed perspective on environmental sensitivity. “I lived there for seven years and I was very influenced by the Scandinavian tradition of building modest structures with a respect for nature,” says Edwards Anker.
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When the opportunity arose to build an eco-cottage on family land in Southampton, Long Island, Edwards Anker drew on that experience. She started the design process by exploring her ideas around the concepts of transparency and opacity. She remembers asking herself: “‘What is the concept of opacity?’ It was the idea of enveloping,” she says. “For some reason, I was thinking of, like, inky, thick, round.”
Her thought experiments resulted in a 1,738-square-foot vacation home completed in 2017, made striking for the combination of curved, shingle-clad walls that meet planes of glass, with some cast in bright, unexpected color.
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