When you say “The Hamptons” you instantly think of glitz, glam and mega mansions, while Long Island is the place that inspires you family-oriented homes. What do you think it happens when you combine the two? The result: a luxury Hampton home with a simple, yet fascinating aesthetic dominated by sustainable design with minimal obstruction to the visual landscape.
This project was developed by Maziar Behrooz, the founder of the East Hampton-based MB Architecture, who has buried more than half of the 6,400 square foot home underground. The reason why he did that was because he wanted the house to benefit from a passive design.
Due to the convex roof and low-impact materials it includes, this modern house uses only 1/5 the amount of energy that a traditionally built home would use. As for the sustainability, the arced design is just perfect, being extremely efficient, having no need for columns and allowing way less materials to be used.
The windows feature a superior thermal performance, which means that the sunlight penetrates the indoors all day long without overheating the interior.
All the soil that was moved in order to make space for the 4,300 square foot space became a small hill in front of the house.
The earth-enclosed lower level benefits from a constantly lower temperature, which is fabulous during the hot summer months.
Other great things about this construction consists in the fact that it is connected to the environment through a geothermal heating and cooling HVAC system, and it is also equipped with a state-of-the-art temperature control zoning system, which tracks peak cooling and heating times in order to best accommodate the energy load.
According to the owners of this extremely efficient home, the bill for the first three months was just $300.