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Cocoon by Nina Edwards Anker of nea studio

nea studio founder Nina Edwards Anker has officially launched the modern Cocoon House design project in Long Island, New York.

Edwards Anker works across sustainable architecture, interiors, furniture, and landscape, and this captivating new project combines all of those realms. The half opaque, half exposed, transparent structure uses the sunlight and water reflections to create a cocoon effect – a space full of light and shadows that is environmentally-friendly and all about celebrating visitors’  tranquil well-being.

“The 16-foot-high Long Island house is split in two: ‘cocooned’ into a soft opaque shape that provides privacy, and transparent and crystalline to allow for views onto an undisturbed landscape,” the studio explained in a press release.

“Its L-shaped 1730 square foot footprint is shaped by the legal restriction to build at a 150-foot radius from the wetlands and to keep a 35-foot distance from the adjacent properties. Luckily, the view of the greenery towards the ocean faces south and east, so that the southern glass façade provides both views and passive heating gain,” the studio added. “The thermal masses of the thick northern/western walls, supported entirely by timber structure, keep away humidity and retain heat while providing privacy.”

Additionally, geometric hallway skylights, designed using Goethe’s color theory and the 19th century paintings of J.M. William Turner, reflect patches of colored sunlight throughout the room.

“The changing daylight on the round projection screen connects to solar rhythms throughout the day, directing attention to biorhythms in the passing of seasonal and diurnal cycles, marking hours through slowly moving light patches,” nea studio said. “It’s meant to serve as a cinematic screen, its round shape abstracting the play of light and shadow, cocooning the interior like an ocean wave with light hitting its surface.”

View the galleries to check out the stunning interiors and landscaping of this exciting project.

All images by Caylon Hackwith, provided courtesy of nea studio

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