No man is an island, but on Long Island, there is a house that could comfortably serve as a solitary retreat. The 1970s home was renovated by Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects in a transformation that rendered the building ascetically energy-efficient. A double-wall insulation system along with triple-glazed windows seals the home from the cold and heat, while still providing ample opportunities for sunlight. The timber façade hints at the wooden interiors, though the inside of the house carries a polished look with white accents that lift and brighten. With a view overlooking the calm waterfront, Orient House IV embraces quiet reflection and peace of mind – though remains connected and grounded by means of the wooden bridge extending from the house’s side.

via – Photographs © Ty Cole

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Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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