New York-based architecture practice Young Projects has completed a 3,500-square-foot modular home located on a verdant, two-acre lot in Bridgehampton, New York.
Called Six Square House, the residence is made up of six 24’ by 24’ gabled modules that are arranged to align roof ridges and create continuity between the modules. In contrast, each module’s roof eaves flow upward and downward, resulting in a variety of undulating surfaces and perspectives across the exterior and interior of the home. The building is clad in deep gray, slatted Accoya wood, which works to highlight the roof’s dynamic edges and arcs.
Six Square House sits adjacent to a historic 1850 farmhouse. The home is the nucleus of the property, surrounded by a new pool house, gunite pool, and ipe deck. The old farmhouse has become the guest home. Six Square House was designed as a contemporary counterpart to the farmhouse. Young Projects aimed to create a residence that nods subtly to the historic architecture of Long Island, while reimagining a traditional barn typology as an elegant, innovative home.
“Starting with the simple vernacular typology of a barn, the hybrid roofscape of the connected squares ebbs and flows as a new dynamic figure, contemporary in its language but timeless in its origin,” says Bryan Young, Founder and Co-Principal of Young Projects.
The living spaces open directly onto a landscape designed for entertaining, which includes the courtyard, meadow, and pool house. The bedrooms feature framed views of the site’s mature and gnarled trees for privacy. The kitchen, located at the center of the house, is adjacent to the triangular court and looks through the porch towards the surrounding landscape. The living spaces and kitchen are linked, serving as a large open space that emphasizes the undulating flow of the ceiling.
“The spaces within the house both respect and blur across the modules,” says Young Projects Partner, Noah Marciniak. “And the connections between modules generate the most interesting interior spaces as well as the interesting roofline geometry.”
Throughout the home, material selections and their corresponding color palette follow a neutral, organic spectrum, selected based on a given space’s use. Black and platinum grey materials define the home’s exterior. Ochre-hued cedar defines the home’s hybrid indoor/outdoor zones. And, the interior is clad in alabasters and whites.
Six Square House strikes a strong balance between its interiors and exteriors. “On one hand, the design of the house is governed by its own geometric logic,” explains Young. “On the other, the design reframes and connects back to the overall site.”