Regional Modern: Metro New York Shows Its Modernist Roots

My last ideabook on regional modern architecture presented urban interiors in nyc, largely lofts. Architects practicing in and around Manhattan will gladly work on these and other small interior commissions, since ground-up building in town is really costly and is relatively infrequent compared to renovations inside old buildings.

So to visit freestanding homes by region architects one needs to look beyond the five boroughs into the larger metropolitan region. The five boroughs number only over 8 million people, however the larger urban area — encompassing Long Island and parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, and even Pennsylvania — accounts for over double that number, a lot of potential customers.

These homes present the New York area and its architects as rather progressive yet deeply rooted in modernism. Based on a home’s place, exterior materials can allow the home blend into its surroundings or standout, representing the objectives of the architect and the needs of the client.

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A”fact” that’s been carried together with modern architecture is that buildings at the idiom have flat roofs. Of course many do (for numerous reasons, from after Corbusier’s”Five Points,” to price of construction), for example homes with sloped roofs stick out from the pack. This endeavor from East Hampton, on Long Island, features an L-shaped program with roofs that slope perpendicular to each other.

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From another direction the home appears more traditional, but the standing-seam roof which wraps to the wall is definitely unique compared to most Hamptons homes.

Elsewhere in East Hampton is the home whose rear part overlooks a pool. From the garage back is a series of sloped roofs, with this rear volume sloping the contrary direction. This opens the home to the rear yard, particularly in the covered terrace past the dining table and chairs. The timber cladding gives the home a sense of being suspended in its place.

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Another home on Long Island that appears rooted to its website is the house in stone and wood. The landscaping also plays a part in this presence, particularly the way that the it rises from front to back (such as the house), culminating at the trees behind the house.

Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

In one of those other Hamptons — Bridgehampton — we find this home striking for cantilevering on both ends. This gesture isn’t arbitrary, as it allows the dunes and course pass under the home with minimal intervention. The glass walls take in opinions on all sides.

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While the Hamptons is littered with second homes of Manhattan’s wealthy, Fire Island is a favorite weekend spot that explodes in the summertime. Fire Island is technically a barrier island on the Atlantic side of Long Island. Obviously, views of the ocean and access into the sand is of the utmost importance. This home greets visitors with two options: a ramp to the home or a walk straight into the beach.

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From the shore, the Fire Island home is made of a series of terraces that provide lots of outdoor space for taking from the Atlantic. The lower floor opens to attract more of the outdoors inside. The wood-slat outside is a very nice cladding that origins the home in its own sandy environs.

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Another home by the same architects shows the similarities and differences of the prefab modules that the firm uses in their residential commissions. Situated in New Jersey, this home is more closed than the Fire Island House, although it employs a comparable cladding and massive expanses of glass.

Murdock Solon Architects

Another home in New Jersey shows a more Global Style design, with all the whitewashed top flooring and ribbon windows. I like the way the home is formed to an L-shape, creating an outdoor space obtained by sliding glass doors on either side. The cantilevered upper floor and the window at the wall adjacent to the terrace indicate something specific can be located to the right past this photo.

Hanrahan Meyers Architects

Moving north, this home in New York’s Hudson River Valley can be reminiscent of the global Style with its easy volumes and horizontality. Yet the way the home responds to the contours of the website by following the drop of the property is notable, giving the building a sense of respect toward the landscape.

Hanrahan Meyers Architects

Another view of the home shows the other side extending to the landscape, alongside the rugged slope. The windows make it obvious this is the side away from the road, where the interior is connected to the landscape via lots of glass.

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This home in Connecticut, a renovation along with a classic yet reasonably modern home, is yet another International Style home, originating from the whitewash that covers new and old. While the addition has larger windows, it looks like a natural extension of the existing home, carrying on the personality of the home.

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Another view of the home shows the intimate scale of the addition. I love the firewood nook next to the doors.


Last is this home too in Connecticut. Here we return to the timber cladding that integrates a home more strongly with its surroundings. With time the skin is going to weather to provide the timber a much sexier look, melding it with all the rock garden in front.

Another view shows this home straddling the two approaches I presented here: It equally origins itself together with the timber cladding and stands out from the natural surroundings with all the corrugated metal siding that’s perpendicular to it.

The rock garden is surely a unique touch, something transplanted from everywhere but still appropriate with the easy, modern forms.

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Guest Picks: A Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinets of curiosities first emerged in the 16th century and became popular since men and women explored the world, discovering great wonders along the way. Part natural, element man-made, part fantastical, the collections were meant to awe, shock and impress. In the event you decide to make your own, you definitely don’t have to shell out money — you only have to go outside and find things that fill you with wonder. — Brandi from Not Your Typical Ordinary

Evan Chambers NIckel Plated Hawk Rocket Lamp with Green Glass – $850

This light would be ideal for a child who’s fascinated with distance. At the right spot, it would be an perfect nightlight — though it will seem like it needs a title.

Blue Coral – $98

Simple but gorgeous, this blue coral could be a beautiful paperweight or accessory on a mantle.

Rectangular Armadillo Tray by John Derian – $185

Animal prints like the one on this tray may be somewhat unusual, but they would make an excellent addition to any formal library.

Megalodon Shark Tooth Fossil – $395

Whether it’s from a mythical dragon or a long-extinct shark, a tooth like this in your coffee table could be an instant conversation piece.

Sikhote-Alin Meteorite – $285

Few objects are more uncommon or marvelous than a meteorite out of distance. And they are such a beautiful reminder that we are all made of stardust. I would keep this 1 right in my desk.

Christopher Marley Limited Edition Mosaic Prism – $4,400

This really is an incredible art piece created from bugs. Your wall won’t ever be the same. And if the actual bugs disturb you, a similar piece may be created from pictures of bugs.

Narwhal Whale Print by Vintage by the Shore – $12

Narwhals were the first unicorns, and their horns were popular bits in people’s cabinets. Fortunately, this piece may be framed, hung on your wall and admired this way instead. Wouldn’t it be adorable for a toilet?

Laboratory Grown Bismuth Crystals – $39

The geometry and the colors in this mineral can hypnotize a guest all evening. It is another great trinket for a coffee table.

Pearled Chambered Nautilus – $29

A bowl of pearly shells like these would make any seashore-inspired room complete.


Hand Carved Museum Quality Wood Antelope – $392

This carved wooden antelope mind is equally somewhat frightening and imposing. It would be an easy addition to a library or den.

Iron Mouse – $21

Strange little bits, these iron mice are fantastic Halloween decorations or decorations for a bookshelf.

Gold Leafed Shells – $110

To get a more expensive shore house or just for bringing some organic glamour into your house, these golden seashells are the thing, particularly on a desk. They’re also an easy DIY project.

Orchid Botanical Poster – $98

You can have these delicate blossom pieces on screen without worrying about them wilting. This piece is so versatile; it’d be amazing in an office, greenhouse, library or living room.

Morpho Butterfly – $98

Butterflies display a few of the most stunning and vivid colors on earth. Any picture of one on a wall or a mantle could have visitors wondering about nature.

Andy Paiko Small Etched Bell Jar – $430

These unusual etched bell jars would be ideal for showcasing a collectible piece in a really unique way. You may need a special stand for them though.

White Owl – GBP 25

A snow white owl is among the loveliest creatures. This faux one could be ideal in the room of any Harry Potter fan, or simply as an unusual addition to your library or workplace.

Set of 6 Bug Prints – GBP 29

Some of the most amazing animals will also be the smallest ones. These prints capture insects in intricate detail and would make a wonderful group of framed pictures.

The Ruby Slippers Automaton by Automaton Man – $2,250

Automata were exceptionally popular with cupboard owners. In 1 instance, an automata wrote out an entire poem. This sweet one, inspired by the Wizard of Oz, clicks its heels together three times and reminds you that there’s no place like home.

Monsters of the Household Variety – $1,200

As you can’t capture those annoying household creatures, you can show off an amazing book full of hand-sewn pictures of these. This coffee table book is really a conversation piece.

Small Stacking Metal Number Trunks – $238

As you may need a means to store your curiosities in some situations, these numbered boxes are a stylish means to do it.

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