Hearing the name
Robert A.M. Stern Architects usually
conjures up the large towers and institutional buildings that the firm is
famous for, however, these buildings are just one side of the firm's portfolio. In a new
book, , the firm exclusively shows 15 of its beautiful home projects. Led by a team that has a combined 100 years
of experience at the firm, in the spirit of the season, here are some of
our favorite summer homes designed by RAMSA. Designs for Living 110
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Quogue, Southampton, New York. The design of this residence on a dune overlooking Long Island’s south shore presented an unusual creative challenge, one that involved reinterpreting the historical regional shingle style that the office helped revive some 30 years earlier.
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The dutch front door, with its casing, over-door trim and custom side lights, provides a view across the front porch. The vitality of the entry hall’s carpentry and level of detail establishes an exuberant rhythm that is carried throughout the rest of the home.
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A large cased archway frames the opening between the living and dining rooms. The pocket door to the left opens to the kitchen.
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West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Set on 85 acres of forest and meadows overlooking Vineyard Sound, this tranquil retreat for a couple and their three children was conceived as a modern-day farmstead.
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The bow roof of the center pavilion is fully expressed in the gently arched ceiling in the living room. East-facing windows light a balcony alcove with built-in shelves; toward the water a Gothic revival arch plays against the curve of the ceiling.
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The screened porch accommodates both lounge seating and dining. A long table accommodates eight near the kitchen, while comfortable sofas and armchairs occupy the adjacenet gabled bay.
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The main space in the farm office is an asymmetrical double-height sitting room with steps up to a sleeping loft. The sleeping loft has ample storage, thanks to built-ins under the eaves.
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East Hampton, New York. The original house, a modest cottage on a two acre site on Hook Pond, was the longtime home of Norwegian-American painter
Claus Hoie and his wife, Helen, a textile artist. The more the firm’s client
and current owner discovered about the Hoies’ life and work, the more interested he became in
preserving the spirit and character of their home while updating it to a more contemporary aesthetic.
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Although the location of the dining room was not changed, the ceiling was raised two feet. Clerestory windows were added, as well as sliding-glass panels on two sides of the room. Jeff Brosk’s “flying saucer” dining table is surrounded by chairs that belonged to the Hoies.
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The living room was originally the artist’s painting studio. To preserve the spirit of creativity, the client filled the room with craft objects, notably woven hanging light fixtures by British designer Russell Pinch and artist Jeff Brosk’s coffee table.
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The original open kitchen space was enclosed and fitted with Pininfarina-designed cabinetry finished in a perwinkle-blue lacquer.
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Seaside, Florida. Founded in the early 1980s, this community on the Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico was one of the first in the nation to draw on the
ideas of New Urbanism to shape its overall design. This three-story, 3,000
square foot house was built a generation after the community began, but the
long interval proved beneficial, allowing the firm to observe and learn from
what others were doing.
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A single Ionic column divides the great picture window, flanked by operable doors, in the master bedroom. In a niche opposite the bed is a Swedish-style built-in sofa, flanked by side shelves.
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The living and dining areas are combined into a single, generous space.
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East Hampton, New York. This project on Georgica Cove involved expanding a shingle style residence that the owners had built 20 years earlier to create enough bedroom space to accommodate their growing family, to enlarge the entertaining spaces and to make the entire experience a bit more luxe.
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With windows on three sides, the living room enjoys expansive views of Georgica Cove. Doors flanking the picture window permits easy access to the outdoors and connect the domestic interior experience to its surroundings.
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The east wing overlooks the pool and its pavilion. Each of the three gables contains a grandchild’s room. The first-floor covered porch serves the kitchen and family room. The screened porch at the end connects to the breakfast room.
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The covered porch, as well as a terrace above, were extended by five feet to create a generous seating area.
Designs for Living is available through Monacelli Press and on Amazon. All photography by Peter Aaron / OTTO.