When our clients approached us to discuss the feasibility of designing a 6000 square foot house in Southampton, New York, our immediate concern was that the lot – located in a FEMA floodplain, on a property that is approximately 50% unbuildable wetlands – wouldn’t deliver the square footage or the living spaces required to create a ‘Hamptons Home’. Rather than fight the constraints imposed by the land, we saw this as an opportunity to capture a variety of spaces that could exist under, over, and between the building and the landscape.
Three zinc-clad volumes – the Public wing, the Guest wing, and the Family wing – elevate all the heated areas and critical infrastructure above the floodplain. These volumes organize the primary indoor areas such as living rooms, bedrooms, baths and mechanical rooms, while interstitial spaces between the house and ground foster a series of useful and playful outdoor rooms including a carport, a courtyard, a pool pavilion, a terrarium, and roof terraces.
Architect: Office of Architecture; Team: Aniket Shahane, Principal; Ivan Kostic, Tristan Walker, Valentin Bansac, Stephen Maher, Edward Simpson, Joshua Eager
Photography: Rafael Gamo
Design Collaborator: Asheshh Saheba
MEP Engineer: Altieri, Siebor, Wieber
Structural Engineer: Blue Sky Design
Expeditor: Barron Environmental
Contractor: Aran Construction
Furnishings: Friedman Moore
Landscape: Summerhill Landscapes
Pool: Pristine Pools