The 2014 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Architecture
ARCHITECTURE WINNER: BATES MASI + ARCHITECTS
For this residence in Water Mill, Bates Masi + Architects employed contiguous wooden boardwalks to knit together disparate structures—a new main house, deck, pool, two extant buildings designed by architect Andrew Geller in 1962, a tennis court, and gardens. The judges were unanimous in their praise for the novel approach and sensitivity to what had existed before. “The biggest visual achievement of this home is the gorgeous angled design, which is asymmetrical and symmetrical at the same time,” says judge Austin Handler. Fellow judge Alison Spear concurs, adding that the project is “beautifully contextual and respectful of the iconic structures, using materials that are natural, indigenous, and appropriate.”
ARCHITECTURE RUNNER-UP: BOTTA SFERRAZZA ARCHITECTS
Botta Sferrazza Architects took on the task of transforming this structure, which began life as a simple Bridgehampton barn in the 1700s, into a modern home. The clients had a long list of musts: preserve a large beech tree on the property, transform the barn into a giant great room with new living wings on both sides, and remake an 18th-century cottage into a two-bedroom guest residence. Part of the transformation involved removing the barn’s original hay loft and replacing the rear portion with a glass curtain wall, thus establishing a relationship between indoors and out—and embracing views of the cherished beech tree. “Barn timbers? Modern windows? Yes! It works. I could live here!” raves judge Jennifer Mabley.
ARCHITECTURE FINALIST: BARNES COY ARCHITECTS
The views from this site in East Quogue—of both the Atlantic Ocean and Shinnecock Bay—determined much of Barnes Coy’s design scheme, effectively a glass box with an open floor plan that fosters both privacy and socializing—what the firm likens to life aboard a yacht. Vast expanses of glass keep the house open on the north and south sides, while the east and west sides are mostly closed in order to screen out neighboring houses. A four-bedroom guest wing is linked to the main house via a shared courtyard, and the roof above it supports a terrace. The dwelling is “an incredible modernist space that manages to create a warm sense of architecture even though it’s mostly steel and glass,” says judge Robert Passal, while judge Matthew Patrick Smyth admires how it “opens beautifully to the landscape.”
ARCHITECTURE FINALIST: MOJO STUMER + ASSOCIATES
Not everybody wants a new home in the Hamptons. Clients of Mojo Stumer + Associates had a fresh vision for an existing East Hampton house—one that departed dramatically from the traditional shingle-style model. This modestly sized residence is now particularly expansive thanks to a double-height entry, living and dining rooms, and kitchen, creating “a great modern design that is sweeping in scale, yet cozy inside,” says Austin Handler. Throughout, exposed reclaimed-wood beams are combined with metallic elements, while the exterior makes use of zinc panels, tongue-and-groove clapboard, and a custom aluminum and glass wall. “The fenestration is unique,” comments Alison Spear, “and all the lines of the house are clean and purposeful.