Fire Island House New York, USA Designed 1977 This summer residence, located on the south side of the island was built on the ever-shifting coastal sand dunes. For this reason, the wood frame structure was constructed on elevated wood decks firmly attached to concrete pilings. The house was clad in weathered cedar with decks surrounding the house on three sides. The primary design element was the giant wooden piers, angled towards the ocean view. The main feature of the building was a fourteen foot square sliding roof which, when retracted, allowed the two storey living room space to be directly open to the sky above. On summer evenings people could sit around the fire under the stars. Also the fences were hinged so when the beach was empty, the fences could be lowered, and the house was then open to the view of the ocean.