Architect William Pedersen’s Bayfront Shelter Island Retreat Seeks $7M

Acclaimed architect William Pedersen, founding partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox, has designed some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. But, his most personal project is his own waterfront Shelter Island house, currently listed for $6.995 million.

Featuring 220 feet of frontage on Gardiners Bay, the sleek 4,640-square-foot three-bedroom dwelling was built in 2005. It features an exterior of copper and New York bluestone, as well as glass, fir and iroko woods, and sandblasted concrete inside.

“I work on large-scale buildings in my professional life, so this house was a change of pace for me,” recounts Pedersen, who purchased the three-acre parcel in 1981 and embarked on a lengthy design process with his late wife, Elizabeth. “It was a 20-year gestation. I was inspired by Gardiners Island rising out of the bay, so I wanted to design a building that appears to emerge naturally. It’s very much connected to the land.”

An architectural masterpiece, the unique retreat is now looking for its next owner. Lawrence Ingolia and Jonathan Smith of Sotheby’s International Realty have the Shelter Island listing.