We designed this Hamptons compound when the property’s existing, beloved Norman Jaffe house no longer fit our client’s needs. We began by designing a master plan for the 7.6 acre site. Our vision was for a series of buildings, varied in scale and use, that prioritizes connecting with the land. We designed five compact, strategically placed new buildings – the Main House, North House, Pool Pavilion, Greenhouse, and Cottage. Their warm modernism complements the Jaffe house, which we renovated and moved to another area on the property.
The compound is LEED Gold certified. The Main House demonstrates strategies used throughout to achieve aesthetic and environmental goals. The flat roof is an anchor for solar panels and begins a design language of horizontal and vertical planes. Canopies extending over outdoor spaces reference the roof gesture. They also diminish glare on the floor-to-ceiling windows, which illuminate the interiors with natural light. We worked closely with Alec Gunn of Gunn Landscape Architecture and interior designer Thomas O’Brien of Aero Studios on the project.
6,900 square feet, Main House
Deborah Berke Partners – architect and site planning
Aero Studios – interior design
Gunn Landscape Architecture – landscape architect
Kohler Ronan – MEP engineer
The Raynor Group – civil engineer
Men At Work Construction – general contractor
Steven Winter Associates – LEED consultant
PHT Lighting Design – lighting design
Published in Architectural Digest, June 2015