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August 2015
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Topic of the Month: A Modernist East Hampton Home

Design Firm of the Month: Eisner Design

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Eisner Design based in NYC and Hamptons, NY was founded in 1991 by Joseph Eisner on the principle that architectural design is an active, rather than a passive element in our lives. Design must reflect and adapt to the continuously changing conditions of contemporary life as well as be a source for social change in its own right. Careful research, conceptual clarity, progressive modernist thinking and a minimalist sensibility are the hallmarks of our architectural practice. As strong proponents of sustainable design, Eisner Design incorporates green building fundamentals in all that we do. EisnerGreen, a division of Eisner Design, is dedicated to the greening of existing buildings. "Architecture is more of a process than a product. A dynamic space continues to respond and react, to evolve and adapt with its occupants."

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Photo Courtesy Paul Warchol

In the Northwest Woods of East Hampton on Long Island, NY there is a unique modernist 1,750 square foot residence designed by architect Joseph Eisner of Eisner Design. The angled roof and clean, crisp lines give the interior of the house a bright, spacious feel which was one of the objectives with the design. Eisner considers himself a modernist and explains, "I would certainly say the house is grounded in a personal interpretation of modern concepts and sensibility that I find compelling."
Although the three-bedroom house was essentially a ground up building, Eisner utilized existing elements of a smaller original house, such as the foundation and some salvageable framing.
Eisner explains, "In terms of a master plan, my main goal for the house was to create a one-acre indoor/ outdoor refuge whereby the L-shaped house plan defines and opens up to a rear yard, outdoor room and pool precinct. The outdoor rooms have parity and a symbiotic relationship with the interior spaces, making the whole house feel larger. The L-shape of the house plan is echoed three-dimensionally in the continuous wrap of the metal roof to the exterior wall."
There is a strong connection between the home and the woodland around it, which Eisner accentuates in various elements of the design. Long horizontal windows, including those on the sloped roof bring a flood of light into the rooms and offer views of nature surrounding the home. Eisner explains the other ways that he connected interior and exterior spaces. "Several elements of the plan are designed to facilitate spatial connection between the exterior and interior spaces. All major glazing is directed through the house toward exterior vista corridors. At the entrance, the low stone wall housing liriope plantings resides at the level of the interior floor, effectively extending the floor plane of the public living wing. Beyond the L-shaped kitchen towards the rear yard, the roof and floor extend out to become a covered outdoor dining deck."
The boldest feature of this L-shaped home is a standing seam metal roof that wraps around the two stucco sections of the house. Eisner explains, "The stucco house volumes are protectively wrapped by a long life standing seam metal roof. My favorite detail was figuring out how to have the standing seam metal roof bend to create the continuous wall/roof effect."
Green concerns were a major factor in choosing materials, finishes and plantings for the project. "The reflective nature of the long life standing seam metal roof limits interior heat gain and reduces cooling loads. All plantings in the landscape program are indigenous to the local environment. The decking and trim are made of sustainable mahogany." Low VOC paints and coatings and low flow plumbing fixtures were also used for the home.
Joseph Eisner won an AIA Peconic Merit Design Award for this East Hampton, NY home in 2009. 

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 



Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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