EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK
A combination of traditional materials––cedar shingles, mahogany, teak and rough-cut fieldstone––are used in tandem with glass and steel to create an interplay of abstract volumes and sculpted space. The two-acre property overlooks Georgica Pond. Walled gardens, stone steps, pathways and terraced levels help to integrate the boxy architecture of the 7,000-square-foot house into the semi-wild landscape of mature oaks, bayberry and native grasses. Rugged stone facing alternates with glass, transparent surfaces alternate with opaque. Exterior corners are neatly beveled to create a taut, continuous skin of bleached shingles. The central living space looks out to courtyard gardens on both sides, north and south, through steel-framed panels of glass. While saturated with natural light, the room feels intimate and protected. At its western end, there’s a fireplace recessed within the eight-foot-thick mass of fieldstone, and a narrow “medieval” passageway that leads to a private study. A hidden staircase rises through the stone mass to the master bedroom that hovers as an autonomous glass volume cantilevered over the swimming pool terrace. Bedrooms for two children and guests were placed in a separate two-story section at the east end of the house.
“A central living space looks out to courtyard gardens on both sides.”