Size: 6500 Sq Ft
Plot: 1.5 Acres
Location: Bridgehampton, NY
Contractor: Blair Dibble Builders
Customized architecture for clients' lifestyle
Pamela Glazer has a strong interest in blending architectural styles in her work. She strives to achieve an eclectic and individual design that fits both aesthetically and practically with the lifestyles of her clients.
The Halsey Lane property initially had a poorly constructed 1980s house that defied renovation. Pamela Glazer's clients were looking to construct a house in which the architecture and design would offer privacy as well as emphasize the interior of the home. Additionally the family needed a first floor suite for their elderly mother that was an accessible, functional, and comfortable space for her and her caregiver.
Furthermore, they wanted to accommodate their extensive art collection, comprising photographs, lithographs, and sculptures, and to be able to display each piece with enough room for them to add new items or rearrange the display as needed.
Glazer noted the couple's dress sense and taste in interior décor that indicated their love of color. Likewise, their collection of art and furniture also revealed that they had a deep affinity for Japanese culture and design. During the planning and design of the house, it was decided to incorporate a subtle Japanese influence within a traditional Hamptons shingle style.
Glazer believes that to make a blend of styles work, you must choose the most appropriate elements from each style and combine them thoughtfully.
Japanese architectural influences
A unique feature of the exterior of the house is the large square windows that are framed by oversized head trims. These have also been painted brick red rather than traditional white which makes them warm and distinctive. With long extended gables and shaped rafter tails, the roof has a Japanese aesthetic that is complementary to the rest of the house's shingle style. Moreover, the trim on the gable is sloped in a similar manner as the roof, creating a seamless transition that complements the design.
The interior is made up of a generous double-height space made with repurposed wood beams. This provides the house with structure and character which is suitable for the artworks on display and entertaining. A two-sided fireplace provides light and warmth to both the internal living space and the external lounge area as well. Adjacent to the entry foyer is a long gallery space in both directions.
Throughout the house, there are unique, colorful and playful designs that reflect the tastes of the owners. Their kitchen has been designed by Glazer with red laminate cabinetry and dark wenge wood in keeping with the style of their Japanese furniture. To create a strong visual impact in the powder room, digitally printed ceramic tiles with colorful kaleidoscopic patterns were used.
The lower and upper hallways function as gallery spaces. An uppermost hallway is decorated with small windows which provides punctuation to the external façade and helps to prevent the artworks from being damaged by direct sunlight.
Glazer's ability to design and deliver the distinctive aesthetics and requirements of her clients with a subtle but sure hand is evidenced in this house.