Project: Wuehrer’s house
Architect: Jerome Engelking
Location: Amagansett, New York, USA
Area: 2,500 sf
Photo by: Nic Lehoux
Wuehrer House by Jerome Engelking
Designed by Jerome Engelking, Wuehrer House is a stunning, one-story, contemporary residence in Amagansett, New York. The 2,500-square-foot space is laid out one level with all interior areas having direct access to the natural scenery around their outdoor space through many glass surfaces that also shower the interior with natural light.
Located in Amagansett, New York, in a vast and remote location, the Wuehrer’s house is surrounded by nature reserves. This house is accessed by a private gravel path and is located on a vacant lot in the Bukit Stony Forest. This site is gently sloping, covered almost exclusively with white oaks, some eastern red cedars, and occasional pitch pines. To celebrate this quiet location, home design silences architectural metaphors, avoids blatant symbolism, and imagines contemplative structures that are simple, wise, rational, and generous open to the surrounding landscape.
The house is made of unique and repetitive modules. This module itself is dematerialized, reduced to its outer frame. This subtractive strategy highlights the quality of touches from carefully curated material pallets: unadorned wood, glass and concrete. The design of the house balances the use of modular fabrication and the craft of traditional construction methods. With simple geometry and minimal use of materials, natural light becomes the main element that defines space, celebrates the ever-changing seasons and incredible forest views.
The structure is made of high quality Southern Yellow Pine, high strength, laminated and ground into beams and columns with very precise profiles. Canadian IC2 manufacturer is one of the few companies that is able to combine the facade of a facade with a column of houses into one sleek glulam element. The choice of wood also resolves interior problems, letting the structural material speak for itself. Textured wood surface eliminates the need for drywall, paint, ceiling elements. Materiality provides a warm match for minimal designs.
Passive environmental strategies are used to create low-energy houses, including heated floor systems and automatic exterior wood blinds in the western facade. Natural air vents in each room and cross ventilation between opposite facades make minimum air conditioning requirements. The Wuehrer Home utilizes and expands the tradition of modernism in the Hamptons with a contemporary design vocabulary that frames and celebrates its surroundings.