One doesn’t expect to find a modular home in the exclusive summer enclave of Bridgehampton on Long Island’s eastern end, but the Bridgehampton House doesn’t look like it arrived via flatbed truck. That’s by design, as the two-story residence created by New York–based Resolution: 4 Architecture reflects more than a decade and a half of design research in modular construction. Approximately 80% of the project’s construction was done off-site.
The house sits within a context of smaller cottages, but the careful development of the 7,360-square-foot home in three wings mitigates the difference in scale while weathered gray cedar siding matches the predominant neighborhood material and hue. Designed as a summer retreat for a family of five, the seven-bedroom home is predicated on the fluid connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, with its interior surrounded by 5,800 square feet of continuous outdoor decking. Extensive glazing, often configured as sliding glass doors, helps break barriers between inside and out.
From the street, similarly scaled north and south pavilions are connected by a second-floor bridge structure that shelters the pedestrian entrance from a tree-lined entry court. The north pavilion houses a two-car garage and office, while the larger south structure extends deep into the lot, with the primary living spaces defining the edge of a sizable protected backyard for the family’s children. Bedrooms for the kids are located in the second-floor bridge structure, with a family room that opens to a roof deck atop the living spaces below.
The programmatic requirement to blur the boundaries between inside and out led the architects to employ a bright interior palette of white walls, built-in acrylic cabinetry and storage units. White oak floors and light cedar ceilings reflect natural light while adding warmth.
Energy efficiency measures include a closed loop geothermal system, exterior window shading, rooftop PV panels, and all-LED lighting. Factory construction ensures a tight building envelope with high R-values, while drastically reducing construction waste.
The Bridgehampton House expresses the promise of prefabricated homes—it reaps all the benefits without revealing its provenance.