House: A Haven Among the Trees

Temple Brown, a 7,100 square foot home in Southampton designed by Blaze Makoid Architecture.

“Temple Brown” was imagined as a haven among the trees — a secret enclave where an energetic couple and their friends could enjoy nature, drink wine and recharge.

The 7,100-square-foot modern home in Southampton, designed by Blaze Makoid Architecture, achieved just that. Perched at the high point of a heavily wooded site, the long and narrow house sits parallel to the existing contours, overlooking a negative edge pool that continues the horizon into the woods.

“The horizontality of the design allows the second-floor mass to float above the landscape and cantilever at both ends,” according to a press release. “At the rear, a vertically articulated wall visually connects all three levels.”

To maintain an intimate feel throughout the four-bedroom home, the firm used walnut as a reoccurring feature to accent thresholds into rooms and spaces, and established the interior staircase as a central sculptural element to weave the three floors together.

“The main level features a three-sided fireplace clad in blackened steel that punctuates the loft-like living, dining and kitchen area, establishing zones for each purpose,” according to a press release. “A 22-and-a-half-foot sliding door unit opens completely to the deck, connecting the interior and outdoors in a way that’s perfect for the homeowners’ frequent entertaining.

“The clients own an extensive wine collection, so the climate-controlled wine room, with its blackened steel supports and custom walnut shelving, was a must-have and is used as a back drop to a custom banquette in the game room,” it added.

For more information about Blaze Makoid Architecture, located at 7 Tradesmans Path in Bridgehampton, call (631) 537-7277 or visit