Photography by Michael Biondo

Mindfully renovated and updated, this mid-century home features traditional Japanese design elements alongside minimal and modern features to create a breathtaking home that sits upon a hillside in Port Washington, New York. The house was originally built and owned by William Landsberg, an architect who studied at Harvard University with well-known architect Marcel Breuer.

Landsberg became regionally famous for his Bauhaus-inspired designs. The new homeowners wanted to enhance the structure’s exterior mid-century design while transforming the interior to better accommodate their lifestyle and traditions.

Port Washington, New York

Stephen Moser Architect

Residential Suburban

LaCantina Contemporary Clad Sliding Patio Doors

Best of LaCantina 2020 Winner - Best Renovation

Photography by Michael Biondo

This mid-century modern design stands out amidst a backdrop of trees, while the wood engawa-style deck and contrasting concrete blocks with black stones create a “floating” optical illusion that adds visual interest to the structure. Per the homeowners’ request, the teppanyaki cooking island and kitchen open to the living room and the “floating” patio.

LaCantina Contemporary Clad sliding patio doors were used to elevate the structure’s overall aesthetic while accommodating the homeowners’ contemporary Japanese architectural design and lifestyle preferences.

The Landsberg House project was a restoration and renovation of the historic William Landsberg home. The home was initially built in 1951 and is in the National Register of Historic Places. The new homeowners approached this project with respect and admiration for the home’s modernist style, hillside setting, and architectural history.

Photography by Michael Biondo

The renovations were aimed at preserving the overall structural shape, while updates were made to the layout to accommodate a large tub in the main bathroom, a tatami guest room, and a patio large enough for a ping pong table.

The historic home is 3,200 square feet and located on a picturesque hillside, allowing for the “floating” optical illusion on one side of the home, whereas the back features two levels. The overall design of the structure elegantly contrasts the vast and lush greenery without looking out of place.

All exterior elements, such as the vertical wood planks and natural stone wall, draw visual inspiration from the surrounding nature in a sleek, mindful way to transform a simple shape and structure into a multi-faceted and functional modern home.

Photography by Michael Biondo

The kitchen and living room both feature LaCantina sliding patio doors that allow for ample airflow and create seamless transitions between interior and exterior living spaces. Designed with narrow stiles and thick glass panels, LaCantina Contemporary Clad sliding glass doors deliver a beautiful and low-maintenance aesthetic with increased thermal performance.

The homeowners wanted to make updates to the historic building to make it comfortable for their young family, which was accustomed to living in a Japanese home. In the kitchen, the island is the focal point of the space and features a teppanyaki-style layout to embody the homeowners’ dining preferences in a minimal and modern fashion.

Photography by Michael Biondo

Stephen Moser Architect worked closely with Henrybuilt to create a contemporary kitchen that gives a nod to the building’s mid-century roots. With papaya-colored laminate cabinets, custom hardware, and walnut paneling on the island, this kitchen is functional, minimal, and modern.