The Butterfly House..... Not since Fallingwater and The Glass House
has a private home so captured the imagination of the public and
Architectural press. First previewed in 2001 for The New York Times
by noted Modernist Historian Alastair Gordon, The Butterfly House
remains the most photographed house of the Twenty First Century.
Built overlooking the dunes on five acres in East Hampton, New York
for $150,000, this 1,000 square foot "Beach Camp" is dwarfed
by it's Mc Mansion neighbors. Photographed extensively for print
and television The Butterfly House is a juxtaposition of contrasts.
It is at home whether in the bright sun light of day, the ethereal
seaside mist of Long Island's East End or at night when it glows
from inside like a modernist lantern hovering above the dunes.
Accessed by a long gently sloping ramp The Butterfly House is first
experienced in concert with it's surroundings. It's crisp white
profile against the blue of ocean and sky, it's cork floors which
evoke the sand on which it is built, it's 180 degree vistas of dune,
sea and sky have made it an icon of modernist design and restraint.
From it's modest inception to it's current status as the most photographed
house of the Twenty First Century, The Butterfly House has weathered
the scrutiny of all who have experienced it. Whether as a lunch
guest on it's expansive deck, through print or through the myriad
of television documentaries dedicated to it, The Butterfly House
stands as a beacon to both the past and the future.
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