North Sea Minimal

We were thrilled when our colleague and friend Richard Shmetov, of the furniture design and manufacturing company Dune, approached us about collaborating on a new house for his family in Southampton, New York. Our firm took on the planning and architecture of the home as well as the landscape design, and Richard designed and implemented the interiors, including the furniture and the fine millwork and cabinetry.

Alex Wilk
Toshi Karato

The project was truly an exercise in discipline. For the massing and detailing of the exterior, we sought to be as reductive as possible, assiduously avoiding superfluous detail that might distract from the purity of the composition. We created a one-story gable-roofed structure featuring a sheer transition from roof to wall, with no overhanging eaves or rakes. In the process of exploring a contemporary materials palette, Richard brought to us the beautiful handmade, cream-colored brick on the exterior, which provides the required architectural precision as well as an element of warmth.

The double-height volume of the living and dining room extends to the ridgeline of the house.
The lower-level family and recreation room looking out to the tiered garden beyond. The seating area furnishings are by Dune.

The secluded, wooded setting required subtle clearing and careful grading to accommodate the house and its semi-concealed lower-level living spaces. The swimming pool was situated in the main lawn as a central feature of the landscape, seen from almost every room.