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Using the Wind, This Home Tells Its Residents When It’s Time to Surf

Bates Masi + Architects designed this modern house in Amagansett, New York for a family of water sports enthusiasts.

Bates Masi coastal residence surfing

Talented architects have always factored a site’s weather patterns into their designs, but East Hampton, New York–based firm Bates Masi + Architects took that approach to the nth degree for this home on the eastern end of Long Island, in Amagansett.

In this instance, that sensitivity to climate derived from the clients and their lifestyle: a family of four who a shared passion for water sports (from surfing to sailing to kite boarding). They chose to build this getaway in Amagansett because of the area’s reputation for its coastal winds. “Whether relaxing at home or on a nearby beach, the owners are constantly searching for cues to get on the water,” firm partner Paul Masi tells Metropolis. The family required a design that could signal when the bests gusts were near, so Bates Masi studied the weather patterns of the site and realized there was actually “an excellent opportunity to utilize the wind as a primary driver for organizing space.”

Since the predominant origin of the wind came from the west, the firm cut a path for the air currents by clearing a narrow path through the adjacent forest. Then, the architects designed the house on a matching east-west axis, creating a public wing to the north and a private wing to the south. Small operable grey windows, set between the roof beams, capture the wind and channel it through the house, alerting the family when the surf’s up.

The two pavilions are bridged by a glass-enclosed walkway that opens to a reflecting pool. The pool’s ripples and waves are further evidence of gathering winds. “The challenge was having a strong axis dissect the spaces, but have the architecture still read as a single home,” Masi adds.

Bates Masi coastal residence surfing

In terms of materials, the public wing’s interior is partially clad in gray slate shingles, while the ceiling’s white oak also covers the floors, kitchen cabinetry, and bedroom dressers. Interior designer Elizabeth Bolognino helped select the minimalist home’s furnishings.

The interior is also deeply affected by the adjacent pool. “As the sun rotates around the house, it bounces off the rippled surface of the water and projects the character of the wind onto the ceilings of adjacent spaces,” Masi says. “I often receive texts from the client with photos of the sunlight dancing on the ceiling.”

This Classic Shingled Home Offers a Fresh Take on Midcentury Design

When their youngest daughter left home for college, one Connecticut couple did what most empty nesters might: They moved house. However, instead of following the conventional path of downsizing, they took a more creative approach, purchasing a sleek apartment on New York City’s High Line park as well as a five-bedroom shingled spec home in Amagansett as their weekend retreat—taking advantage of the best of both aesthetic worlds.

“In Manhattan, they wanted something where the wife could entertain exhibitors and sponsors of the Whitney—she’s a ceramist and a big supporter of the museum—so the look is more refined and buttoned-up,” says New York interior designer Timothy Brown, who was charged with imbuing each home with a distinct sense of personality and style based on its function and location. “The Hamptons home is much more relaxed. Here, it’s about enjoying alone and family time away from the city.” The only design overlap in both properties: white walls that serve as a blank canvas for the couple’s vast collection of art and photography.


“A round table in a square room feels so right,” says Brown of the custom table from Robert Stilin Shop, which is topped with repurposed tractor gears from Huniford Design. A nod to retro fishing floats, the chandelier combines three vintage lights by Heifetz Rotoflex with a custom plate from Stellar Union, in Southampton.

Though Brown relied on a light, matte palette and traditionally easygoing beach-home fabrics like linen, cotton, and natural fibers in Amagansett, his interpretation of an approachable getaway included surprising bursts of color and luxe furniture pieces from the 1950s and ‘60s. But he’s careful not to label them midcentury. “I hate to use that word because people immediately associate it with a certain look: Eames chairs and things like that,” he says. To keep the aesthetic elevated yet unpredictable, he opted for French and Italian models with classic lines and plush reupholstered surfaces. In the living room, chrome scissor seats by Guillerme et Chambron and armchairs by Ward Bennett receive a contemporary counterpoint in a bubblelike Lindsey Adelman chandelier—looking nothing like a scene out of Mad Men. “I wanted to challenge the standard conception of midcentury,” Brown says. “From there the rest of the home radiated out.”

A study in curated contrasts, the house is a combination of luxe and laid-back, vintage and modern, resulting in a well-rounded look that transcends that of the typical summer house and acts as a backdrop for quiet reflection and, more commonly, get-togethers with friends and family. “It’s visually interesting and unexpected but also warm and inviting,” says Brown. Far from empty nesters, the couple plays host to a full house once more.