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THE NEW MODERN HOMES OF THE HAMPTONS

Written by Rimmaa Doubinskaia, 5 years ago, 0 Comments

 

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(Photo courtesy AG-Architects.com)

 

The classic Hamptons craftsman home, with its shingle siding, white trim, and rising turrets is a well-known staple in New York City’s most popular summer getaway location. They’re timeless and homely, but in a way if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. So these days many Hamptons homeowners are pushing the architectural envelope, reimagining the types of houses built by the beaches with some intriguing, if not pleasing, results. With summer just around the corner, here’s a look at three of the most eye-catching, architect-designed modern homes we’ve seen pop up lately.

 

1. The Six-Tower “Tree House”

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(Photo courtesy AG-Architects.com)

Architects Diana Agrest and Mario Gandelsonas designed this 8,500-square-foot home situated on a seven-acre plot near Sagaponack Pond. There are six mostly wooden “towers” that are reminiscent of tree houses, all connected by bridges that surround a vaulted and enclosed “public living space.” The towers contain private rooms with the master bedroom suite on the second floor of one tower in the southern wing and a six-bedroom guest wing in the northern section. Another tower houses a glass-enclosed library, while the property also sports outdoor basketball and tennis courts. There’s even a pool and pool house and a grass-covered two-car garage. The 110-foot-long centerpiece features a living room and gourmet eat-in kitchen adjacent to a wall of windows with water views.

For more information and photos, visit the architects’ website here.

2. The Oceanside Geometric Anomaly

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(Photo courtesy BlazeMakoid-Architecture.com)

On an acre of oceanfront property in the village of Sagaponack is this two-floor rectangular modern masterpiece, constructed to fit within FEMA guidelines regarding property elevations in order to help protect against flooding. The ground floor is located seventeen feet above sea level and the structure rises forty feet—the maximum allowance. The folks at Blaze Makoid Architecture also had to account for the fact that the property sits in a high-velocity wind zone while designing it. The first level features an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space and fifteen-foot floor-to-ceiling glass panels ushering in stunning water views. The panels also open up to the spacious back patio, pool and wooden pathway that leads directly to the beach. The second floor is a virtual glass “drawer” floating above the first level with four bedrooms, including the master with en-suite access to a balcony.

For more information and photos, visit the architect’s website here.

 

3. The Beachfront Modular Home

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(Photo courtesy BatesMasi.com)

Bates Masi Architects constructed this 600-square-foot single-family residence on a tiny .275-acre plot in Amagansett. The miniature home is just 500 feet from the ocean and the landlords could only recently build it after forty years of ownership, when evolving property codes finally became favorable. Still, there were heavy restrictions and the structure had to go up no less than six feet above natural grade and couldn’t rise more than 25 feet. Because of the height requirements, the floor and roof plates are as thin as can be and traditional ductwork was eliminated. However, natural light flows throughout the energy-efficient home all day thanks to the all-glass interior walls.

For more information and photos, visit the architect’s website here.

 

 

Written by: Rimmaa Doubinskaia

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