After successfully completing the New York offices for a family-owned French global beauty brand, Mapos was asked to design a family retreat for the founders on a stunning 5-acre waterfront site overlooking Peconic Bay in the Hamptons.
Mapos was challenged by the clients to create a timeless design for a multi-generational family which would celebrate the site, incorporate the latest in sustainable design strategies and technology, and exude beauty.
The family had fallen in love with the existing tree arrangement and natural fauna of the site, particularly an old growth Sycamore in the meadow. Respect for the site was paramount and special care was needed to be taken to minimize site disturbances of any kind.
It was collectively decided that there could be no painted sheetrock surfaces anywhere in the home, only true, unfinished materials which would be allowed to patina naturally in the salted air of the Hamptons.
Strategically located to preserve an ancient sycamore tree, Mapos tucked the house as low as possible within the landscape and meadow so that one can actually see over and beyond the house when approaching it. The creation of a complete green roof enhances the effect that the home is within the landscape.
The interior of the 4,000 square foot home is conceived as a landscape of cedar and reclaimed white oak which spills seamlessly through the 100 foot long glass wall into the landscape of the pool terrace, eventually flowing back into the landscape and the views.
In addition to performing full architectural services for the main house, guest house, and site planning, Mapos developed the interior design for the main house, specifying an eclectic combination of off the shelf products and fixtures custom-designed by Mapos.