2012 HC&G IDA Winners!
This past July, HC&G held its second annual Innovation in Design Awards ceremony, recognizing the very best design projects in the Hamptons. Check out our winners!
by David Masello
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West Chin Architect
It’s what every house aspires to be: “A place one would never want to leave,” which is how judge Sherrill Canet responds to this residence by West Chin Architect. Like some magical structure plopped mysteriously at the shore, the house appears to float above the ground while simultaneously sloping toward the ocean, so that even the most deeply recessed rooms have an unobstructed view. Indeed, it’s sometimes difficult to tell whether you’re indoors or out, particularly when the 26-foot-wide hangar door is opened to the elements. Not just statement-making, the house comprises environmentally sensitive materials like laminated lumber and solar roof panels. The latter efficiently collect, radiate, and disperse heat, but judge Scott Sanders insists that the house is “very cool.”
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Barnes Coy Architects
As is the case with many oceanfront projects in the Hamptons, often all that gets in the way between the house and the water is a sand dune. Respecting this all-important topographical feature of the East End, Barnes Coy Architects created a floating superstructure that cantilevers over a stone base. The bottom level is anchored with a rough limestone not dissimilar to the sand on the beach, while the floating level is a clever combination of translucent and transparent glass expanses, with the windows of some rooms dramatically framed by the steel verticals of the supporting truss. The upper level is a free-flowing plan that contains living, dining, and master bedroom, completing, in the words of the judges, a “strong,” “muscular,” and “bold” design.
James Michael Howard, Inc.
In assessing such period details as sculpted bannisters with turned balusters, decorative keystones atop arches, crown moldings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and handsome expanses of paneling and coffered ceilings, judge Kerry Delrose declares that “If it’s all in the details, these spaces have it covered.” The judges were unanimous in their enthusiasm for this large Bridgehampton house that indulges in—and carries off—traditional, sumptuous detailing, something that many new houses try to adopt but don’t always succeed in doing well. As David Kleinberg exclaims, “Classic traditional detailing with correct and pleasing proportions—hooray!”
Call it mid-century Prairie, a look not often seen on the East Coast. But this house by Granoff Architects is so appealing and appropriate for its site that the hybrid style might likely jump-start a trend. The owners wanted to transform their modest cottage into a house that would take full advantage of its bay-front locale, but they also wanted to incorporate mid-century-modern motifs and just a little bit of retro flair. “It feels like a beach house, but with a twist,” says judge Scott Sanders, praising the novel style. “I would love to stay here for the weekend.”