Fauss Beach House
“Building in this in-between zone, where land and sea overlap on Currituck Sound, challenged Whitehead’s vision. ‘A house on an oceanfront really has to be a fortress,’ he says. ‘It’s being hit by sand and water constantly. This is a much more gentle place—not a site that blurts out an answer or one that needs a monument. It’s seeking a response rather than a statement.
“Whitehead answered with a series of pavilions, decks, porches, and connected living spaces—a 3,300-square-foot compound of rooms linked to each other and tied to the water view. The dominant living, eating, and cooking space gives way to twin towers with bedrooms upstairs and down. In the middle of the sleeping wing is a second living room for children’s use or television watching….
“Something of a family practitioner, Whitehead had previously done two projects for the Fausses. In this instance, they approached him looking for a house that would take advantage of the site, a pie-shaped waterfront lot full of pine trees….
“‘It’s an estuary house,’ says Whitehead, ‘and that distinguishes it from others.’”
Excerpts from Sue Robinson, On Tranquil Waters, inform (1998: 2, pps 24-25)
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