In the Hamptons, Modernism Rises (Again)


When it comes to new creation, traditional houses with cedar shingles and gambrel roofs have given way, over the previous few years, to glossy, current houses or contemporary farmhouses with gables, status-seam steel roofs, and board-and-batten siding. White shingles and black home windows are all the rage. Interiors are modern-day; moldings are passé.

Beyond the dunes, from Westhampton Beach to Montauk, new forward-searching modern beach homes designed for indoor-outside living — with flat roofs and ground-to-ceiling partitions of glass — pepper the panorama.

“The styles are quite a great deal cyclical,” said James McDonough, a main McDonough and Conroy Architects in Bridgehampton. Though conventional architecture is attempted and proper, “it’s in and out,” he stated. “Now it’s again too trendy.”


“You begin to see the cutting-edge on the water,” he stated. “It’s virtually wherein humans might experiment. It’s where it would be common first, in which it would be extra liberal, as a long way as design.”

With sliding glass walls and balconies at the back and front, the 11,000-square-foot domestic overlooks a 50-foot heated saltwater infinity pool, a spa, and the Atlantic to the east, and a tennis courtroom and Shinnecock Bay to the west. A 2,000-rectangular-foot rooftop deck affords wraparound views.

“Anything new that’s being constructed is contemporary; best the older stuff is conventional,” said Vincent Horcasitas, a companion broker with Saunders, which has the listing.

The earliest Hamptons houses, constructed in the 1600s, were Colonial style. By the late 1800s, shingle-style houses like those designed using McKim, Mead & White had been popular. But with the aid of the Thirties, “the East End of Long Island turned into a cradle of modernism,” said Christopher Coy, a founder of Barnes Coy Architects in Bridgehampton, who has worked with giants of current architecture like Charles Gwathmey and Richard Meier.

“If you ask me,” Mr. Coy brought, Hamptons style “way modernism.”

On Flying Point Road in Water Mill, between the Atlantic Ocean, Mecox Bay, and Channel Pond, an almost whole, sleekly curved residence pops out of the panorama like a huge artwork. Its stucco-and-glass outside is punctuated with teak siding. “It’s a much extra sophisticated tackle current,” said Michael Cantwell, the chief advertising and marketing officer for Bespoke Real Estate, which has $39.7 million in listings.

Federal Emergency Management Agency rules were enacted because Hurricane Katrina required homes to be built above base-flood elevations, which presents “a design possibility,” stated Mr. Coy, the architect, because you can “float the residence off the land.”

The perspectives are higher in that method: Entertaining and dwelling quarters are upstairs, reached by foot or a “flood-area elevator.” To accommodate people who could rather not stroll up and downstairs in bathing suits, pools are also being raised to the extent of the principal floor, or approximately 20 toes above grade, he stated.

The modern-day style shift is also driven by builders who “want to distance themselves from other developers with distinct services and a special appearance,” Mr. McDonough stated.

He stated that after a $25 million modernist domestic offer approximately three years ago, other builders jumped on the bandwagon: “It is a marketplace-driven place. Everyone wants the next big thing.”

Also, “People have grown to understand the ability of contemporary structure, and not see it as something bloodless, which become the inference continually,” stated Blaze Makoid, an architect in Bridgehampton who has always desired modernism.

To seize the views of a double lot at the water in North Haven, Jon Vaccari, an actual property agent and interior fashion designer, and his husband, Steve Fleming, a radiologist, hired Mr. Makoid to layout a cutting-edge house with the “heat, relaxed experience” in their former Sag Harbor farmhouse. Completed years in the past, the 6,500-square-foot, 5-bedroom, six-and-a-1/2-toilet residence, which the couple shares with their two children, has Vermont stone wood internal and out and porcelain flooring that looks like granite.

“Contemporary doesn’t must be bloodless, white, and glossy,” Mr. Vaccari stated. “Everything brought together creates a warm feeling internal and out, and plays off nature.”

In Sagaponack, at least 1/2 of the “modern, most up-to-date houses” are contemporary, said Nick Martin, an architect and an MD of the neighborhood architectural evaluation board. But they’re also “considerate and well scaled.”

Better exceptional substances and new generation have made “a new level of modern viable,” Mr. Martin stated. Modern houses built throughout a wave of recognition at some stage in the Eighties “had a lot of copycats, negative-satisfactory architecture, and people’s houses are being torn down,” he stated. Still, shoppers can agree that “today’s architects and builders could make a flat roof that doesn’t leak.”