Blue Dream



Taking its inspiration from the rolling dunes of coastal Long Island, this residence for a single family utilizes aerospace modeling and fabrication methods to update organic architecture to the 21st century.

The approach to the house winds its way through a carefully crafted landscape of artificial dunes in a play between the manicured landscapes of the surrounding estates and the wild, protected, natural dunes landscape of the beach beyond. The separation between interior and exterior living space is blurred by a mullion-free glazing system, allowing the topography of the surrounding dunes to seamlessly enter the house. The main level of the residence is conceived as a generous, open space with distinct zones differentiated by topographical manipulations.

The roof, an unprecedented fiberglass and foam monocoque structure, spans uninterrupted above the main living space, touching down at a few select points to express architecturally significant features such as the fireplace and skylight. Achieved with 1/10th of the weight of a traditional concrete and steel framed structure, the sandwiched structural resin and foam of the roof cantilevers up to 30 feet over living spaces to provide shade and frame views to the beach beyond.

In contrast to the main space, the bedrooms provide intimate cozy spaces. The lower level bedrooms are tucked within the dunes while the master suite is enveloped by the roof. The walls, floors and ceilings of these cocoon-like spaces are finished with CNC milled end-grain mesquite.The master suite opens onto a private roof top terrace with 360 degree views.

Order your copy of Blue Dream and the Legacy of Modernism in the Hamptons, a book by Paul Goldberger on the creation of the Blue Dream Residence, with photography by Iwan Baan here: Blue Dream and the Legacy of Modernism in the Hamptons.

Project information
Size (GSF)11450LocationEast Hampton, United States
PartnersCharles Renfro,Elizabeth Diller,Ricardo Scofidio,and Benjamin Gilmartin
Project DirectorHolly Deichmann
Project ArchitectsQuang Truong and Bryce Suite
Concept DesignerMichael Etzel
Project TeamChris Andreacola,Oskar Arnorsson,Alice Chai,Thomas Carruthers,Ann Croombs,Amber Foo,Alina Agorokhova,Garrick Jones,Trevor Lamphier,Mark Morris,Kevin Murray,Stefano Paiocchi,Andres Oyaga Loewy,Jorge Pereira,Haruka Saito,and Alex Knezo
External credits
Lauri EtelaClient Representative
LERA Consulting Structural EngineersStructural Engineers
Optima ProjectsFRP Structural Engineer
D.B. Bennett Consulting EngineerCivil Engineer
Polise Consulting EngineersMEP Engineer
Threshold AcousticsAcoustics
Isometrix Lighting + DesignLighting
Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture (MBLA)Landscape Architects
Construction Specifications, Inc. Construction Specifications
Michael Paul LewisInterior Decorator
Erik Bruce, Inc. Drapery Consultant
Bulgin & AssociatesSpecialty Fabricator & General Contractor
Janicki IndustriesFRP Roof
Eckersley O’CallaghanFaçade Engineering
UAP + Polich TallixBronze Foundry
    Photography by Iwan Baan