Southampton Modern

The clients were looking for a new summer house, one that would comfortably accommodate their family of five and be suitable for both intimate gatherings and large parties. We were inspired by the Long Island beach houses designed by architects Horace Gifford and Arthur Erickson in the 1960s and 1970s, characterized by their rigorous geometries and highly selective materials palettes.

Beachfront Estate
Alex Wilk
William Vincent
Toshi Karato

The clients desired a home that would have a low profile, barely visible from the street. In response, we designed the house as a single-story structure, linear and low in its massing, set at the perfect elevation by raising the site more than twelve feet. The house is largely one room deep to provide unimpeded views both north and south from the major spaces.

The sliding glass walls of the living room open north to Shinnecock Bay and south to the Atlantic Ocean. The metal and soapstone fireplace rests below the hand-finished plaster chimney breast.
Hand-finished plaster partitions define the enfilade leading from the dining room to the living room.