Imagine you are on vacation and your destination of choice is the Hamptons —located along the eastern South Fork of Long Island. Along this strip of ocean-front land, is an enclave of impressive homes belonging to wealthy Americans and other investors who enjoy the Hamptons as a summer retreat. Long stretches of sandy beach greet the owners who gaze out of their summer homes towards the majestic Atlantic Ocean.
Now imagine you have purchased a strip of ocean-front land and want to build your dream summer home. Would you blend your design in with your neighbors, all hidden behind the green bulwark of privet hedges indigenous to this area, or would you be more adventurous and seek individuality—your indentity? If you chose to be original and separate yourself from you Long Island neighbors, what would your dream design be for your beach house?
Marvin Sugarman—producer of the children’s show ‘Captain Kangaroo’— and his wife Ronnie had ocean-front land in Southhampton, Long Island. They commissioned Ward Bennett to design a beach house for them. Bennett was not a licensed architect, and during his five decades of design practice, he only designed about a handful of residences. Bennett was recognized for his interests in interior design! The Sugarman’s were fully aware of Bennett’s practice but were confident he could fix into design their dream house!
Bennett created a Cubist house of stucco-clad concrete on the 2. 75 seafront acres the Sugarman’s had purchased. Bennett’s design emerges from the dunes organically as it melded to the natural forms and landscape of the Southhampton environment. Bennett found ways to cite the residence on the land so that the major rooms had ocean views. Bennett’s design featured monochromatic structural elements of embellishments—mimicking both the texture and hues of the Southhampton sand. Bennett was a committed follower of Modernism and his forms, including his renowned attention to interior details, was a reputation that Bennett both fostered and protected!
Bennett’s Modernism preferred visual austerity where natural light and shadow define the residence’s identity within the environmental milieu of Southhampton. Does this designer’s image of a beach-front residence fit within your dream of ocean-front property? Would you commission Ward Bennett to design your summer beach house and select the interior elements? This blog post taps into your dreams and desires, so does Bennett succeed in moving you to his vision?