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 for a series of buildings, varied in scale and use, that prioritize connecting with the land. Within this masterplan, 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 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.