Starling Architecture, Emily Lindberg Design and Design Projects join forces to enhance the liveability of a 1960s bungalow in Amagansett, New York, at every level. 

When a close friend approached Starling Architecture principal Ian Starling, based in Brooklyn, with the idea of finding a Hamptons retreat to renovate, a collaboration was soon born. Narrowing their focus to Amagansett Dunes, the client was fortunate to find a 1960s Bungalow that was ‘frozen in the 1960s’, with the privacy of surrounding trees and only minutes from the beach. 

Starling Architecture called on design studio Emily Lindberg Design for the interiors, with offices in Providence, Rhode Island and New York City, and multidisciplinary Brooklyn studio Design Projects for the landscaping. Together, the architecture, interiors, and landscaping celebrate the bungalow’s original narrative while creating a calm and composed place to reside by the sea. 

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The timber millwork, panelling and White Oak floors creates an instantly warming effect in the kitchen.

The client grew up in Southern California with memories of summers spent by the water. Living in New York City for work, he craved a return to being by the water. Enlisting his friend and architect Ian Starling to renovate the home once found, both were excited when they happened upon a 1960s Bungalow with double-height ceiling space with gable, skylights and exposed beams. A second floor was also tucked underneath the gable with a low ceiling. While the client initially wanted the home to be a weekender and rental, after spending the 2020 COVID lockdown living there, he decided to make it his permanent home. 

Starling Architecture elevated the architecture through a minimalist approach, contrasting the coastal landscape with Gendai Shou Sugi Ban cladding. The cladding is made from the traditional Japanese method of charring timber, favoured for its pest and weather resistance. 

The home takes shape around a pool with an elevated deck. The pool is the central connection between the spaces and their relationship with the outdoors, underpinned by floor-to-ceiling glazing. For example, with a custom upholstered banquette and table, the dining space features a sliding door that recesses into a ‘pocket’ in the wall.

The home’s influx of natural light and the timber millwork, panelling, and White Oak floors create an instantly warming atmosphere throughout each space. Emily Lindberg Design further exaggerated the timber joinery’s proportions, angles and curves, as seen in the playful kitchen island. Where colour isn’t directly lifted from the sand or the sea, it reflects the sun – such as the yellow and pink seen in the Tacchini Costela armchair by Martin Eisler or the André Butzer wall art. A curation of vintage and handmade pieces further instils a tactile, lived-in nature to the interiors.

The landscaping by Design Projects directly engages with the surrounding dune landscape, particularly the ‘wild’ front garden which features native planting. The landscaping around the pool creates privacy, with the addition of an outdoor shower area for rinsing off sandy feet or after the pool.

Starling Architecture, Emily Lindberg Design and Design Projects have extracted the essence of a ‘60s Bungalow by the beach to imbue a sense of sanctuary and comfort for many years to come.

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Armadillo rug and André Butzer wall art.

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The den is to the east of the pool and contains a library and a workspace.

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The dining space is designed to open out onto the pool area, courtesy of a sliding door that recesses into a ‘pocket’ in the wall. 

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