Today, we want to show you a luxury home estate in the Hamptons. The Hamptons is the region on the eastern end of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York, located about two hours Northeast of the city. In the past few decades, the Hamptons have come to be known as the Mecca of the rich and famous, a very popular place for wealthy Americans to own a weekend or summer residence. Many billionaires and well-known personalities from industry, finance, film and television have homes here so that they can flee the hot New York summer months and escape to the country.
This proposed residence has been designed by Labo Design Studio, which was founded in 2001 by Raffaella Bortoluzzi. The company has its headquarters in New York City. In addition to purely residential projects, the architectural firm also plans commercial projects around the world. The office has made it its task to create elegant solutions in design and construction.
The facade of the holiday home is marked by simple, geometric forms in colours that stand out, but are perfectly suited to the natural environment of the home. The horizontal bands across the cubes refer to the traditional style of the panelled wood shingles that cover many of the neighbouring villas. The facade is insulated with phenol wood panels, which have a relatively low thermal conductivity, so that good insulation can be achieved with a thin layer, an important detail for those crisp autumn days!
The property sits on a hilly landscape between the bay and a lake. Cubic shapes of various depths and heights dominate the facade. The ground floor, through its dark colouration, recedes discreetly into the background, highlighting the upper reaches of attached coloured cubes. The facade is interrupted by seemingly irregular openings, revealing the various windows that give a variety of lighting conditions and spatial effects inside the house. To ensure fabulous views of the lake, some surfaces feature large panoramic windows.
Anyone who longs for a refreshment in the summer sun will greatly appreciate this shaded pool. On the left side of the complex, a water basin was created below the overhanging second storey. This placement has another significant advantage in addition to the ensured shade: using a system of sliding windows, the swimming area can be closed off from the outdoors. Consequently, the pool is also available in the colder months of the year. The question of whether to choose an indoor or outdoor pool has been completely solved! Due to the orientation of the house to the water beyond, you can float in the pool while admiring the stunning view. The use of the stone doorway at the end of the pool amplifies and frames the fabulous vista. The pool can be used even at night, since the spherical lamps illuminate the bathing area well and ensure a safe midnight swim.
In addition to classic rectangular windows, round openings are a part of the planned design. Their circular shapes provide a softness that balances the building’s angular geometry and keep it from feeling too formal. The placement of these windows, facing internal spaces and each other while also pointing to the trees outside, creates extensive visual connections that help to involve the inhabitant in the surrounding nature.
Inside the house the colours of the facade are continued and brightened to create a welcoming interior atmosphere. What we see here, by the way, is not an optical illusion, but two rooms, which are an absolutely identical set. The residence holds a variety of guest rooms to accommodate friends for long weekends and many great cocktail parties in the Hamptons. The colour choice here adds a nice detail. Yellow is the colour of the sun and is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, energy, honor and loyalty and is ideal for guest rooms. In addition, the coloration produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity and generates energy.
The kitchen is designed as a large, open room with plenty of counter space, perfect for preparing food for weekend parties. The use of natural, neutral colours makes for an easy, non intimidating atmosphere, which encourages that kind of enjoyable, creative cooking projects you may want to undertake on long holiday weekends!