As they debut their first book, Bridgehampton-based architecture firm Stelle Lomont Rouhani offers a study in timeless, thoughtful, environmentally-friendly design—and a rare look at some of the most amazing residences nestled in the natural beauty of the Hamptons.
Casa Lama by Stella Lomont Rouhani Architects in Mallorca, Spain
Whether by the sea, perched on a bluff or tucked in the dunes, the work of architecture firm Stelle Lomont Rouhani is heralded for being thoughtfully nestled in nature. The acclaimed architects are celebrated for their modern designs that boast careful attention to place, bespoke furnishings and fixtures and a thoughtful approach to design. The zenlike results are showcased in their debut book, Stelle Lomont Rouhani: Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli New York, 2023) by Frederick Stelle, Michael Lomont, Viola Rouhani and Eleanor Donnelly with an introduction by architecture critic Paul Goldberger. “When architects on eastern Long Island began to turn away from modernism and to design new houses that resembled the great classic shingled houses of the early twentieth century, many of them tried to justify their preference by saying that modern architecture had failed to respect the sense of place that defined the venerable towns and villages of the Hamptons,” Goldberger explains in the book’s introduction. “Modern architecture was too disruptive, the argument went, and replicating the styles of the past was the only way to keep a sense of coherence.
The cover of Stelle Lomont Rouhani: Architecture and Interiors.
Older styles fit in, whereas modern architecture offered mostly chaotic, disconnected shapes. Regardless of the questionable validity of this notion—and it’s a vast oversimplification, even if it might have had a glimmer of truth for a few years in the 1960s and 1970s—I’m inclined to think that Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects could almost have been created to refute this view of the world. For more than a generation now, the firm has been producing a body of work that proves that modern architecture is quite capable of behaving itself, and of showing good manners,” he says. “The notion that a building’s design is part of a larger place, that it takes its cues from that place, that it defers to the landscape rather than sits astride it like a piece of sculpture—these principles are as critical to Stelle Lomont Rouhani as they were to the builders who shaped these villages centuries ago.”
Mako in Amagansett nestles a multi-generational home into the steep topography of the site.
House on Bluff on eastern Long Island offers endless blufftop views of the bay.
Located in a tropical climate, Casa Larga lays low allowing for wind, water and light to pass through.
Lazy Point organically blends with the site.
Field House in Long Island bridges ocean and pond.