Horace Gifford's Sustainable Fire Island Beach Houses as presented by: Treehugger

"Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction" is a new book by Christopher Rawlins that chronicles the life and work of an architect whose beach houses were a lesson in sustainable design before green building was in vogue. Ten years of archival work went into the creation of the book, and this slide show provides a taste of Rawlins' findings. "The houses were built around the landforms in such a way that maximized the sense of the site," said Rawlins. "It wasn't just the way it was built, but the materials that were chosen too." Gifford's houses are built from local wood and other materials that could be carried to construction site "by hand." Images courtesy of Christopher Rawlins and ARTBOOK.

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