A renovation and thoughtful upgrade of a 1970s Charles Gwathmey house.

Designed in the 1970s by renowned architect Charles Gwathmey, this home in Amagansett, New York, was thoughtfully restored and upgraded by NYC-based architecture and design studio Worrell Yeung. House in the Dunes (originally the Haupt Residence) required a gut renovation as well as various changes to create a more functional home for the client. The project fit the studio perfectly. “We’re big fans of Gwathmey – particularly his early stuff,” says Max Worrell, co-founder of Worrell Yeung. “So we were very excited when we got the call about the house. Especially given that it was in its original condition, totally untouched,” he adds.

While the residence needed some upgrades, the architects also wanted to keep the iconic design as intact as possible. To do this, they turned to Gwathmey’s original drawings and used them as a guide. The four-bedroom dwelling rises from among mature trees and sand dunes, in an area that offers access to ocean views. The studio replaced the entire envelope of the building, which included the gray cedar siding and the roof as well as the windows, skylights, and the pool deck. However, all of the changes respect the soul and character of Gwathmey’s design.

The living spaces celebrate the sculptural elements of the 1970s house. At the same time, they feature thoughtful modifications that improve the connection between different areas. For example, the architects removed a half wall that separated the kitchen from the living room, thus creating a more open space. Now, the living spaces also have a more direct dialogue with the pool and the outdoor lounge area. In terms of materials, the team followed the architect’s original vision and chose similar finishes. Light wood, white walls, and simple furniture let the dramatic curves of the original house shine. Photography© Naho Kubota.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Emma’s House

    A modern house partly built within the ruins of a stable in the Italian Alps….

  • Threshold Stairs House

    A Corten steel and wood extension designed for an existing house in Spain. Situated in…

  • Redhill Barn

    A farm building from 1810 transformed into a warm house that celebrates its past. Located…

  • The Brook

    A tiny house that’s big on comfort and sustainable design. Designed and built by Australian…

  • Casa del Sapo

    A concrete house built on a beach in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contemporary Mexican architecture merges traditional…

  • Kostelec Residence

    An elongated one-story volume built in the countryside in the Cezch Republic. Located in the…

  • Alexander House

    An architecture firm’s office, this house is also a residential architecture showcase. Designed by architecture…

  • House LO

    A sustainable house designed to become a part of a natural landscape. Designed by Lina…

  • House D-S

    An imaginative and modern take on Flemish architecture. Many architectural designs draw inspiration from their…

  • Gawthorne’s Hut

    A cozy off-grid retreat built among pastures on a working farm in Australia. Inspired by…

  • Mono House

    A concrete house designed with nine solid volumes and eleven patios. Located in Córdoba, Argentina,…

Take me there

  • Heckfield Place

    Refined design and sustainability meet in a high-end hotel in Hampshire, England. Baptized by FT…

  • Baja Club Hotel

    A colonial-style villa from 1910 and a contemporary volume transformed into a refined lifestyle hotel….

  • Piaule Catskill

    A tranquil retreat in upstate New York. After founding their own homeware brand, Piaule, in…

loader