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Six Square House, Bridgehampton, Young Projects

Modular Building Done Differently: Six Square House in Bridgehampton

Six saddle-roofed cubic constructions, each with a side length of about 7 m, form the basic structure of Six Square House, built in Bridgehampton by Bryan Young and his New York architecture studio Young Projects. Like its neighbouring towns, the hamlet of Bridgehampton is located around 150 km east of Manhattan, at the eastern end of Long Island. The area is known as a summer retreat for wealthy New Yorkers.

The new building represents the third structure on the property, which measures just under a hectare. There is an historical farmstead from 1850 close to the road; the clients want to use this as a guest house. Further back on the lot, there is a pool with a pool house. Six Square House occupies the middle part of the long, narrow parcel.

The smallest of the square modules, which is home to the garage, stands apart from the rest of the house on the southeast corner of the ensemble. Along with the living room, it flanks a small entrance yard. In the remaining five modules the open kitchen, the living area, a separate family room and a covered outdoor patio form a spatial continuum around a triangular inner courtyard. On the sides facing away from the courtyard, there are a wardrobe, the owners’ bedroom with ensuite and dressing room, as well as another bedroom with its own bathroom.

A curvy, wood-clad roofscape transforms the modules into a common whole. Both the roof and the exterior façades are uniformly ceiled in flamed, acetylated accoya wood. For the yard-facing façades, the underside of the patio roof and the window frames, the architects chose a reddish western red cedar. The platform on which the house stands consists of polished concrete. Inside, the walls and ceilings have been plastered in white; the floor of the living areas is of oak. The bathroom floor, kitchen counter and a few shelves are white marble.

Further information:

Landscape architecture: Coen + Partners
Contracting business: Taconic Builders

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