Southampton Beach House by Alexander Gorlin


New York practice Alexander Gorlin Architects have completed the interior of a summer house on Long Island, New York.

Called Southampton Beach House, the project was built for a family of four and overlooks the bay on one side and the ocean on the other.

A cantilevered room on the upper storey extends 20 metres, shading the patio below.

The exterior is clad in limestone and afromosia wood.

Photographs are by Michael Moran.

Here's some more information from Alexander Gorlin Architects:


Our recently completed 12,000 square foot summer house for a family of four in the East End of the Hamptons takes full advantage of its location between the bay and the ocean to offer views of both.

With an emphasis on entertaining, the house includes guest suites, staff quarters, an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace.

Meticulous attention has been paid to the structural and interior detailing.

The house is sheathed in European limestone and a rare African hardwood, Afromosia, that continues throughout the interior.

The entrance is dominated by a dramatic cantilevered room on the upper floor that extends 20 feet over a patio.

Created for a family of four, the house comprises three master bedrooms, three guest suites, staff quarters, and extensive living and entertaining areas.

These communal rooms give onto an expansive terrace shielded from its southern exposure by a cantilevered sun shade.

From here, a raised swimming pool with an infinity edge overlooks the ocean while a wooden boardwalk extends to the private beach below.

Posted on Sunday October 18th 2009 at 9:13 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • My daughter loves it. She is 5 years old.

  • andy

    12000 SF for FOUR people?! So excessive. But tidily crafted from the looks of it.

  • hacedeca

    Looks cool: The mixture of different materials – stone, glass, metal, wood – is interesting.

    But it looks cool, like an office of an start up for ecological computing, not like endless summer fun.

  • Lyndon

    Corb lives yet!

  • Roger Emmerson

    Elegantly done, but it’s a shame about the disorganised clutter on the roof.

  • batman

    i think it is missing “ruptures”

  • heath

    do they pain the front lawn?
    that green is offensive.

  • Marcus Santora

    I agree about the “clutter” on the roof. It detracts from the form on both south and north elevations. And if you must poke through the roof in so many places, why the disparity between the angle of the clerestory and the stair stringer below? Typical Hamptons hoo-ha.

  • Enzo

    This villa maritima embodies both gravity and grace. It is rare to see such rich materiality and beautiful detailing in contemporary residential architecture. Wonderful execution, Professore.

  • saif again

    very beautifull…I agree though about the roof issue with some of the comments posted. I think its also more to do with the scale of the elements on top versus the overall house scale, but the other thing would be it doesn’t really tell from a distance that the roof is another place to use, im not sure if a little bit of visible greenery could send this message? but this is only from the entrance side. while from the beach side it is less disturbing due to the transparency of the elevation and seeing how almost all ‘roof elements’ relate to what is beneath. all in all what is more important is the experience within…and I luv it!

  • Le Stagier

    I think this is fantastic, there is still a place in this world for exuberance. Everything has its place, as you can see from the architect’s website, this is but an aspect of their output. It is refreshing to see someone tackle social housing with the same vigor as the villas of the ultra rich. Bravo!

  • CMTB

    I would not describe the forms on the roof as clutter – they are obviously a reference to Corb’s 5th point of architecture. Gorlin has created a roof terrace with its own unusual landscape, much as Corb’s rooftop nursery school had its own specific topography. Only this landscape is not for children!

  • MIA

    Fabulous…nothing less! I notice the beautiful contrast between the cold white stones and the warm wood… It gives a great contrast. I really agree; If you se Gorlins website you can see amazing architecture!

  • adorable marmoset

    So much restraint in the design and yet, the house seems built for fun times and parties. This house is no machine for living…its a machine for socializing. The objects on the roof create intimacy on what would otherwise be a barren and epic vista. The photographs seem to capture each space moments before a group of finely dressed people enter the frame with their cocktails and laughter. Alex Gorlin: eanest architect and professional party boy!

  • Awesomer

    BTW, Gorlin is Russian man, guys.