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Location: East Hampton, N.Y.
The Skinny: From Maziar Behrooz, the architect who brought you the shipping container-based Insta House, comes this sleek, AIA Award-winning Arc House, which also utilizes both prefabricated elements and less-than-inspired naming conventions. Taking cues for its major design element from the U.S. military's humble Quonset hut, the roof and side walls of the home's upper level consists of a 60-foot by 20-foot self-supporting corrugated steel arch, though the similarities with Army digs end with the glass walls on either end of the 16-foot high open-plan barrel vault, not to mention the NEFF kitchen's decidedly non-Government Issue Carob stained black ash cabinets and Bulgarian limestone floors. Below the showy public living spaces, three bedrooms and bathrooms, one of which features a for the owner and his dog, are hidden beneath the grassy hillside, invisibly doubling the home's gross square footage to 5,173 square feet. Though it's hard to top a tandem human/dog shower, Arc House does have other features to recommend it, including geothermal heating, a 1,000-bottle wine room, and a sauna. The price is also moving in the right direction for buyers: the listing now asks $3.95M, a PriceChop of more than $1M from its original ask in June of this year.