Vigano Residence Addition

East Hampton, New York

Situated on a bluff overlooking Gardiner’s Bay, the existing 2,200 sq. ft. house was built in 1968 and designed by Alfred De Vido who received an AIA Honor Award for the house in the same year. There have been minor renovations over the years, but the main layout, concept and materiality remain intact. The pool was part of the original design and helps extend the ground floor living spaces onto the mainly flat grassy lawn surrounded by tall trees.

The current Owners and their growing family required that 2 additional Bedroom Suites be added. From the beginning it was decided that the Architectural integrity and pure geometry of the house be maintained. Our proposal intends to provide 2 “Master Suites” in a separate 2-story wing connected to the house by a 1-story glass paneled Gallery space that creates a more formal Entry to the house. Secondly, maintaining as many of the existing trees as possible was a high priority. We sited the addition where an existing detached Carport exists which only requires us to remove a minimal number of trees to accommodate a slightly larger footprint.

The simple 2-story volume, clad with a light grey masonry stucco, provides a foreground to the existing house and Entry garden. At the end of the Gallery space an open stair is added to connect the new Basement to the 1st & 2nd floor Bedroom Suites. Each Bedroom faces the bay and has dramatic views of the landscape. The 1st floor Bedroom opens onto the Entry Garden while the 2nd floor Bedroom has a baloney and is surrounded by a continuous screen that provides shade and a play of light and shadow on the Facade.