In the beginning Ocean Place, built in the 1970’s in Deal, New Jersey was a beach club open to the community. Then Hurricane Sandy destroyed the building, leaving it a virtual hulk.
A New York family saw potential in using the existing footprint and embellishing it as a private summer recreational spot for themselves and their friends. Now three or four generations of the family gather at Ocean Place each summer.
New York architect, Andrew Wilkinson, was hired to bring Ocean Place not only back to its roots but to create a whole new architectural statement. Walls were first reinforced and then opened with sliding panels. Wilkinson added trellises that further expanded the space. The trellises were then overlaid with translucent paneling to protect the spaces below from rail.
There are no bedrooms since each family has a home nearby. But a spacious service kitchen and bathrooms were constructed.
Andrew Wilkinson and his team custom-designed critical furnishings including a sumptuous dining table……..plus custom millwork throughout. Outdoor seating is from Restoration Hardware.
Photography by Barry Halkin of Halkin Mason Photography.
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