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When married filmmakers Dana Ben-Ari and Nikola Duravcevic bought eight hectares of pristine waterfront property on the North Fork of New York’s Long Island, they dreamed of embarking on a design journey that would be as imaginative as working on a motion picture. “Like any creative project,” says Duravcevic, “it’s about the process. It isn’t just the finished product that matters.”

Not coincidentally, the couple had skilled collaborators at the ready. Among their closest friends are Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, the married founders of Brooklyn-based architecture studio SO – IL. Both couples have children of about the same age, and they frequently vacation together. After Ben-Ari and Duravcevic purchased the windswept lot, their...

On Long Island, SO – IL Lays a Cross Down on the Landscape

Each of the four wings in the striking cruciform house serves a different function and takes in different views.

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