From Westhampton and Westhampton Dunes and stretching across New York’s Long Island to Montauk—known as "the End"—the Hamptons are a popular summer getaway for Manhattanites seeking out beaches, seafood, parties, and a rural lifestyle. The homes in the Hamptons and Montauk are, as you might imagine, as spectacular as the views. From surf shacks to beach bungalows, and shingled estates to prefab homes, these residences below are modern retreats that represent the range of Hamptons architecture.
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This open-air abode in Montauk designed by Robert Young Architects takes advantage of everything lakeside living has to offer without being imposing. East Lake House is clad with natural materials with unfinished cedar siding and raw zinc roofs.
Hamptons–based firm Bates Masi + Architects designed Georgica Cove for a family that requested a home built to entertain guests as well as complement its natural landscape.
Along the Montauk Highway lies the contemporary, but controversial, Hamptons development named The Houses at Sagaponac. Gisue and Mojgan Hariri designed Sagaponac House 43 for Heide Banks and Howard Lazar, who were seeking something more modern than their beachfront bungalow.
Manhattan–based firm Resolution: 4 Architecture has experience designing expansive projects in the Hamptons, and now they’re bringing prefabricated modular homes to the waterfront community.
As the personal Hamptons retreat for the iconic modernist architect Charles Gwathmey, the stark white home stands two stories high with geometric accents that highlight Gwathmey’s signature style.
Glass siding and interior industrial accents in this home by Keuka Studios ensure that the home doesn’t detract from the view.
Studio Zung designed this barn-style bungalow in the Hamptons as an energy-efficient abode where you can stay connected to your tech without leaving a large carbon footprint. The Atelier 216 project in Amagansett molds natural materials to fit its rustic-industrial look.
Clad in its inky exterior, this modern Montauk home along the beachfront is a redesign from the original home that was built on the property in 1950. The renovation was designed by Verona Carpenter Architects to let more of the outdoors into the home by refacing all of the rooms towards the outside.
Joseph Tanney of Resolution: 4 Architecture designed this home to be indestructible, resilient to both the residing family and the surrounding natural conditions.
This Hamptons home runs adjacent to the southern coast of Long Island, and was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to bend parallel to maximize the views of the water.
Manhattanites George and Catherine recruited Bates Masi + Architects to design their modern Montauk home in the Hamptons after seeing the stunning Amagansett residence designed by Masi. The sliding glass walls are perfect for letting the natural beauty and breeze into the home.
The photographer client initially used Bluff Hollow as a place where he could pin up his work, and where his son could escape to do his writing. With the goal of bringing it up to date, while also preserving the original retreat atmosphere, Stelle Lomont Rouhani chose calming and recessive finishes that would create a peaceful effect.
Professional surfer and filmmaker, Mikey DeTemple uses his Montauk home as a surf shack for when he wants to take a small vacation from his current Brooklyn residence.
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For his sister and brother-in-law, Paul Masi of Bates Masi + Architects designed a house whose defining feature is a double-height living-dining-kitchen space that opens to the outdoors when large glass pocket doors slide out of sight. "We wanted to bring the outdoors in and make it a seamless transition," the client Victoria Pryor says.
Philip Johnson Architecture Studio redesigned this East Hamptons project originally built in the 1960s. The home has been given a contemporary exterior, with an interior that shows off some midcentury flair.
Oyster Shores by Yankee Barn Homes is a barn-style beach bungalow that has a charcoal-finished exterior that contrasts its bright and airy interiors. Natural wood and stone materials are seen throughout the interior of the house.
A surf shack with a modern twist, Hero Beach Club is a revamped motel decorated to impart a Memphis-meets-tropical feel.
The original home on this Montauk property was faced with the same problem many other postwar homes in the area faced—a disconnect from nature. Bates Masi + Architects aimed to reconstruct the Hither Hills home to be more in congruence with the steep topography that surrounds it.
This house champions indoor/outdoor living with its industrial steel-and-glass clad exterior. The home was designed by Juan A. Figueroa, and is a striking structure among the Hamptons landscape.
With its green roof and timber exteriors, Peconic House couldn't harmonize any better with the lush beachfront. Studio Mapos designed the home with a simple material palette, and an abundance of space across the two stories that are built into the hillside.
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