This seven-bedroom rectangle with an attached guest house was designed by Roger Ferris, the architect who once created an art gallery and pool adjacent to a home by glass maestro Philip Johnson, so one would assume that Ferris knows his way around a glass-heavy, boxy design scheme. Built in 2012 in the Hamptons village of Sag Harbor—the kind of resort community where public debate rages over library decor—the place was designed, according to a project description, to "capture and frame spectacular water views," and it looks like it fulfills its role as a giant beachfront aperture well enough. Perhaps too well, depending on one's level of comfort with a scheme that "maximizes transparency between interior spaces" even in the bathrooms, which are about as open and airy as all 6,400-square feet of the house. Clad in a very Hamptons-y shade of wood siding, the home also features a "leeward lap pool" that "aligns with a gap in the structure that creates a two-level exterior living space," and hits the sustainability marks of geothermal heating, daylighting, and "xeriscape landscaping" using only local flora, all for $13M.
· Bay House [Zillow]
· Bay House by Roger Ferris [Contemporist]