The transformation of a Norman Jaffe House

Completed in 1978, Norman Jaffe’s Gruss House is a representative example of his self-described “Zeus style”. Referencing the mythological god of the sky, Jaffe found formal inspiration in the sky, clouds, and coastal dunes of the Eastern Long Island, East Hampton, United States.
With its bold shingle roof and distinctive Tennessee sandstone-clad walls, the house had undergone several unfortunate interior renovations. Together with its outdated planning and awkward circulation, the house was transformed by Neil Logan Architect with the removal of one of its two enormous masonry fireplaces.
These changes allowed for a reorganisation of the interior without altering the exterior. The windowless façade facing the entrance was preserved while the ocean-facing side of the house was improved with new large uninterrupted glazing. With this newfound openness, the entry courtyard took on improved importance and was better linked to the interior by being resurfaced with wood decking.
New windows, an island kitchen, and oak-clad walls and floors completed the interior. With the removal of the fireplace and additional stairs, the second-floor space below the enormous roof was transformed. Three bedrooms and a bathroom were added as well as an extensive and master bathroom with a steam room and sauna. The pool house, surrounding stone-clad walls, new exterior stone-paved areas, and new garden design completed the renovation.

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