However, some incredible modern homes can also be spotted. Here we've gathered 10 examples that will have you dreaming of sand dunes and seafood shacks as you get ready to pack your swimsuit for the warmer days ahead.
Heide Banks and Howard Lazar’s Sagaponack residence, also known as "Sagaponac House 43," was designed by the Iranian-born and U.S.-based architects (and sisters), Gisue and Mojgan Hariri. It's located in a community of modernist homes called the Houses of Sagaponac.
The historically protected property that Christine and James Boyle purchased on Long Island came with two existing shingled structures designed in 1963 by modernist architect Andrew Geller. Hamptons-based firm Bates Masi + Architects LLC reworked it entirely to become a modern-day family compound.
After canvassing the architectural talent on Long Island’s East End, Andrew and Amy Weinstein connected with Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi + Architects LLC—despite the Sag Harbor firm’s distinctly modern style. The couple had actually been looking to build a fairly traditional Hamptons cottage, but they fell in love with Bates Masi and their philosophy of design as storytelling—which reminded the Weinsteins of the artists whose work they collect, which lines the walls of this special home.
Located in Amagansett, Atelier 216 is a modern barn-style home designed by New York City-based architecture and branding firm, STUDIO ZUNG. The 3,800-square-foot, five-bedroom residence employs strategies to reduce its footprint and features smart technology systems.
Charles Gwathmey’s residential masterpiece—a modest but innovative home for his parents in the Hamptons—looks as fresh today as it did in 1965. The modernist gem of small-scale living made Gwathmey famous at the age of 27, and solidified his reputation in a generation of burgeoning architects.
When architect Nick Martin was hired to rework an art curator’s Hamptons property into a Zen-like getaway, he created a midcentury beach house that has it all: green technology, high-quality materials, and a design concept that references its humble beginnings as an kit house.
Designed by architect Bruce Nagel, this minimalist dwelling is tucked deep into an old pine forest on the prestigious Bull Path in East Hampton, New York. It boasts dramatic 16-foot-high ceilings and clerestory windows that allow light to stream into the open floor plan year-round. The master suite includes a private library, fireplace, and an outdoor deck.
When Tanya Wexler and Amy Zimmerman decided that they wanted a year-round retreat from their New York City apartment for themselves and their four children, they approached Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz of Resolution: 4 Architecture to explore the idea of demolishing their already existing cottage in East Hampton, New York—and replacing it with a larger contemporary beach house.
When Joe Dolce and his partner Jonathan Burnham decided to add a 250-square-foot addition to their 1,400-square-foot Long Island summer home,
they made the most logical decision. They hired the original architect to do the renovation—Harry Bates had designed the modernist light-filled Amagansett beach house in 1967.
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