By Carolyn Weber What if a group of A-list international architects got together, and each designed a home in a speculative subdivision? Well, New York developer Harry J. Brown Jr. and architect Richard Meier assembled such a team to build The Houses at Sagaponac, a 34-home community near Bridgehampton, N.Y., one of Long Island's celebrity getaway hot spots.
With understated designs and realistic budgets, Meier, Brown, and such talents as Michael Graves, Philip Johnson, and Hariri and Hariri will attempt to create a new model for the country house. The homes will be decidedly contemporary, a contrast to the popular shingle-styles that dominate the area.
This contemporary vision is a rendering of Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects' 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom addition to the designer enclave of Sagaponac. [Illustration: Courtesy The Brown Cos.]
The project is, in part, a response to the mammoth McMansions that have been cropping up lately in tony beach communities. The developer hopes to emphasize quality over quantity and pay homage to the Hamptons homes of the 1950s and 1960s. The homes are not to exceed 4,500 square feet.
Situated on 100 wooded acres on sites ranging from 1.5 to 3 acres, the eco-friendly, one-of-a kind masterpieces will be priced from $800,000 to $2.5 million.