House in the Springs, Selldorf Architects

House in the Springs

East Hampton, NY

Located on a quiet beachfront site in the Springs, this family retreat is composed of a pair of homes. The two residences and a connecting breezeway frame a central courtyard with lush gardens, covered terraces, and a pool. Together they create a cohesive ensemble of indoor and outdoor living spaces where family and guests gather to enjoy spectacular views of Gardiners Bay.

The simple modern volumes echo local architectural traditions with their cedar shingles, sloped roofs, and punched window openings. Cedar shingles are complemented by rich mahogany pergolas which envelope and connect the two homes, reinforcing the relationship between the buildings while also creating shaded outdoor areas and balconies, as well as framing diverse coastal and garden views.

To the east, the main residence is composed of three smaller volumes which create differentiated areas for entertaining on the ground floor. On the upper level, a master suite and two bedrooms have direct ocean views, while a playroom and study overlook a garden. On the opposite end of the courtyard, the more intimate guest house encloses the complex with its sheltering l-shaped form. The guest residence has an open kitchen and living space, with three bedrooms on the level above.

(Photography credits: Todd Eberle)