David Adjaye, visionary architect of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and shortlisted candidate to design the Barack Obama Presidential Library, is recognized for his bold, straightforward forms and artful consideration of context.
At first blush, the silhouette and gray-shingled façade of this home — a 7,500-square-foot Hamptons retreat that commands an exquisite span of ocean frontage from its regal perch on the raw coastal bluffs of Montauk — suggest something more typical of East Hampton.
But the unique perspective of the Ghanaian British architect, who is recognized for using “a different toolbox,” becomes apparent with one glimpse of the inviting contemporary interiors.
Adjaye’s focus on the way the light and air flow through and fill each space is particularly apt for this seaside setting, where his designs create a remarkable tranquility. His dedication to distinctive materials is apparent throughout, from the stylish professional-grade kitchen — equipped to the hilt with professional-grade stainless-steel appliances — to the two family rooms, the ocean-view master suite, and the lower-level screening room.
The focal point of the six-bedroom sanctuary is its magnificent great room, which unites relaxed living and dining areas around a stalwart dual-sided stone fireplace.
On the ocean side of the home, eye-catching architectural elements extend to the outdoors, where covered lounging and dining areas look out over native plantings, sea grasses, the elegant swimming pool, and the spa toward awe-inspiring bluffs and the sea.
The high bluff and Montauk Moorlands shelter this special place, creating total privacy, overlooking one of Montauk’s most exclusive coves known for its world class surfing and fishing.