modernist long island home expresses modular fabrication and traditional craft
 

modernist long island home expresses modular fabrication and traditional craft

in amagansett, new york, on an expansive and secluded site surrounded by nature preserves, architect jerome engelking designs the ‘wuehrer house’. the project, nestled within a gently sloping forest clearing, is accessed by a private gravel path. in celebration of this serene long island location, the team comments: ‘the design of the house mutes architectural metaphors, avoids overt symbolism, and conceives of a contemplative structure that is simple, discreet, rational, and generously open to the surrounding landscape.’

wuehrer house jerome engelking
all images by nic lehoux

 

 

designed by new york-based architect jerome engelking, the house comprises a unique and repetitive modular tectonic. the individual component is itself dematerialized, reduced to its boundaries. this subtractive strategy highlights the tactile material qualities of unadorned wood, glass, and concrete. the resulting construction expresses the duality of modular fabrication and traditional craft. geometric simplicity and minimal use of materials invites natural sunlight to serve as the prominent space-defining element, celebrating the ever-changing seasons and the wooded vistas.

wuehrer house jerome engelking

 

 

the structure is built of a high-strength southern yellow pine, laminated and milled into beams and columns with highly-precise profiles. canadian manufacturer IC2 was among the few companies capable of integrating facade mullions with the columns of the house into one slender element. the choice of timber extends to the interior finishes, highlighting and expressing the materiality of the structural. the textured wood surface eliminated the need for applied drywall, paint, and ceiling elements while providing a warm counterpoint to the minimal design.

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project info:

project name: wuehrer house

design architect: jerome engelking

architect of record: kirsten youngren

completion year: 2018

built area: 2500 square feet

project location: amagansett, new york

photography: nic lehoux

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