Tucked away in the East Hampton town of Amagansett, the Wuehrer House is a striking holiday home of glass and wood. Designed by New York architect Jerome Engelking for his Austrian in-laws, who use it as a family retreat, the 2,500-square-foot dwelling rests gently on a sloping forest clearing and is encompassed by serene nature preserves.
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Screened by white oaks, a few eastern red cedars, and the occasional pitch pine, the home is accessed by a long, private gravel path. To maximize the tranquil setting, Engelking explains that "the design of the house mutes architectural metaphors, avoids overt symbolism, and conceives of a contemplative structure that is simple, discreet, rational, and generously open to the surrounding landscape."
Stretching across one level, the home has been created from a unique, "dematerialized" module. Reducing the dwelling down to its outer frame, this subtractive strategy assists in showcasing the primary ingredients in the palette of materials: unadorned wood, glass, and concrete.
"The design of the house balances the use of modular fabrication and the craft of traditional construction methods," states Engelking. "With its simple geometry and minimal use of materials, natural light becomes the prominent element defining the space, celebrating the ever-changing seasons and the remarkable wooded vistas."
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Architect of Record: Kirsten Youngren, R.A.
Structural Engineer: Stutzki Engineering
Cabinetry Design: Minimal USA
Structural Façade Manufacturer: IC2 Technologies
Exterior Wooden Blinds: Skirpus