This week we move to the Hamptons of New York, that idyllic vacation area full of impressive homes and trophy houses on the beach, among which is hidden the Antler house. Specifically, we are located in the lush area of eastern Long Island, famous for the buildings of the renowned American architect Andrew Geller, which during the 1960s turned The Springs of East Hamptons into a neighborhood full of fun buildings, with unique shapes and spaces. Geller, who died in 2011, is said to have helped bring modernism to the masses.
With this premise, the house Antler, built and devised by him in 1968, turns out to be one of the most charismatic and sculptural of her career. However, over the years, some of its quirks were replaced with more standard construction features. The new owners wanted to go back to the origin of this “wooden spaceship in the forest” as they describe it and restore it in homage to Andrew Geller, adding some comforts but always in balance with the essence of the sixties.
The study Architecture AF, with the original drawings and designs of the architect, began to work to recover the house as much as possible Antler. Although much of the project is characterized more by the elimination of additions and the replacement of original materials, returning to wood, a raised platform was added to the more private facade of the plot, more hidden among the landscape, forming a Triangle staircase to protect the entrance and maintain connection with owl eyes or windows that surround the entire perimeter.
Home Antler It does not have very large dimensions compared to the land on which it is located and compared to other houses in the area since Geller, concerned about maintaining respect for the environment already in the middle of the 20th century, considered that no house built should occupy more than 20% of the total plot. Therefore, Antler has 335 square meters built within an area of 42 hectares. This reform has received the Peconic AIA 2020 Honor Award.