It’s an especially rare kind of kismet: clients who click with their architects right off the bat, who come to the table knowing exactly what they want their dream house to be. But it happened for Vicki Kaplan and her family when they hired the Manhattan design firm Workshop/apd to create a new home in Water Mill, overlooking a pristine reserve a stone’s throw from Mecox Bay.
Author: Raul Barreneche
Brillembourg, a Venezuelan-born architect who is an adjunct professor at Columbia, put his skill set to use in planning the house; Waisman, a fine artist who studied architecture as an undergraduate in her native Buenos Aires and later earned an MFA in sculpture from Cornell, took on the role of “editor,” helping her husband shape and hone the design. The collaboration paid off.
Sometimes, creating a suitably modern home requires turning back the clock. That’s what O’Neill Rose Architects did when they renovated a landmarked Romanesque Revival townhouse for a couple with three school-aged daughters. Like many city brownstones, the formerly grand five-story structure had suffered the indignities of being chopped up by developers into floor-through apartments over the years. “There were something like 20 different renovations over the course of the building’s life. We wanted to recapture its elegance, but create a totally contemporary home.”