Hidden Path Residence
Shelter Island, NY
Hidden Path Residence, located on New York’s Shelter Island, is a weekend retreat for a Manhattan chef and his partner who enjoy hosting gatherings for family and friends. Beyond serving as a comfortable and quiet reprieve from the bustling city, the home provides the amenities for preparing gourmet meals, entertaining, and accommodating overnight guests.
Approached through a deciduous forest, the house is sited near a protected tidal lagoon and oriented to take advantage of sweeping panoramas of Peconic Bay. The house’s curved roof lifts as it nears the waterfront, engaging with the horizon and offering curated views from inland to bayside.
The residence is arranged in two overlapping volumes. A main level pavilion accommodates the home’s shared spaces, anchored by an open kitchen, dining, and living room with sliding glass walls that blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors. A concrete fireplace defines one end of the pavilion, while an outdoor kitchen and stone terrace extends the space at the opposite end.
Intersecting the lower level, a double-height entryway defines a clear axis from the front door through the house to the water’s edge. A wooden staircase leads from the entry hall to the upper volume, which contains guest rooms, a private den, and the master suite. From the second level, the most dramatic views of the bay are revealed via an intimate balcony that adjoins the master suite.
The home’s exterior, clad in copper and Western Red Cedar, will weather and patina naturally over time, resulting in a dynamic relationship with the landscape. Delicate wood trellises and angled bay windows offer shade and privacy, while offering views to the lagoon.
Though the site and footprint is compact, exterior pathways leading from the residence allow the homeowners and their guests direct access to the lagoon, as well as opportunities to meander along a winding trail to the bay beyond.