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When architect Blaze Makoid teamed up with landscape architect Jack deLashmet , the result was a modern, energy-efficient masterpiece nestled in the dunes of Sagaponack. by Heather Corcoran with additional reporting by Nina Edwards Anker photography by Marc Bryan Brown 148 | | Memorial Day/June 2013 Gutter

Out On A Whim

Heather Corcoran

When architect Blaze Makoid teamed up with landscape architect Jack deLashmet, the result was a modern, energy-efficient masterpiece nestled in the dunes of Sagaponack.<br /> <br /> It fits in with the landscape, though it couldn’t be more different than its neighbors. Unlike the shingled cottages and beach shacks that surround it, the home is a thoroughly modern marvel—a box made of glass, stone and concrete that appears light enough to float on air.<br /> <br /> This energy-efficient Sagaponack residence was tailor-made for a father and his three children—a “total built environment” including everything from the home and pool to the surrounding dunes— designed by local architect Blaze Makoid and landscape architect Jack deLashmet. The pair worked together to create a space that reflected its environment, while trying to bring the homeowner’s dreams to life.<br /> <br /> It’s a process of finding inspiration that develops slowly, almost by osmosis, as the team spends time with the client and the property. “We’re trying to understand how our clients want to live, which is much more difficult than how they live now,” says Makoid. “It’s fascinating detective work. A lot of ‘why,’ and not just ‘how.’” <br /> <br /> For this project, that meant bright, open spaces with 15-foot glass panels offering wide ocean views on a wing of identical bedrooms. Running from west to east, the wall of glass culminates in a master suite with a balcony projecting from the facade in dark African teak millwork. The sleek edifice references such iconic East End residences as Norman Jaffe’s Sloped 1970 Perlbinder House and the geometric planes of Tod Williams’ 1979 Tarlo House, two 20th century masterpieces that dissolve the boundaries between inside and outside.<br /> <br /> Likewise, the house blends softly into a landscape designed to enhance the beauty of the home and draw the eye across the sweeping vistas of sand and sea. “My design philosophy is, whenever possible, to honor the genius of the place first and foremost—that which existed before the architect or I have meddled with it,” says deLashmet. “I like to impose order from which the organic is allowed to flourish unabashedly.” <br /> <br /> To accomplish this, deLashmet’s team created areas of visual interest to draw the eye away from the surrounding homes. They rebuilt dunes, aggressively sculpting them to correspond to the right angles of the house (an intentionally exaggerated touch that deLashmet says only he can detect now, exactly as originally planned) and planting them with native grasses. They also created a sand walk inspired by the Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi, filled with enormous, ancient cypress stumps that look like driftwood. “Still organic, but with a nice punch,” says deLashmet.<br /> <br /> To further enhance the sense of peace, the driveway was hidden behind the home, in accordance with local ordinances. That wasn’t the only regulation the design team had to consider; the house was among the first built under the 2010 revision of the FEMA flood elevations, which stipulated the first floor be 17 feet above sea level with a maximum height of 40 feet for the project. And, in keeping with the latest local codes, the house is energy- efficient, incorporating solar and geothermal technologies.<br /> <br /> “The Hamptons is blessed with some of the best residential builders in the country,” says Makoid, noting that as projects get larger and more demanding the relationship between architects and skilled construction experts becomes more and more important. “When everyone’s working for the same goal, which is quality, it really doesn’t get any better.”

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