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Thursday, Mar 23, 2023

Architect Michael Haverland’s Celebrated Glass House in East Hampton

Architect Michael Haverland’s Celebrated Glass House in East Hampton

Bordering a six-acre nature preserve, the timeless home has a saltwater lap pool, a travertine patio, and a detached 600-square-foot studio.

Since it was completed in 2004, Michael Haverland’s Glass House has struck a cord with a number of people-including fashion designer Calvin Klein, who once attended a party at the East Hampton abode. "He called me a genius, and hired me to design a house for him the very next week-which I did!," the award-winning architect happily recalls.

Lush landscaping dots the tucked-away, one-acre lot of this East Hampton oasis.

An abundance of natural light filters into the living areas through floor-to-ceiling steel windows, which mirror those used in old industrial lofts.

Set on a secluded, wooded lot, the Glass House is a striking 3,800-square-foot labor of love, which Michael designed in collaboration with his partner, New York Times best-selling author Philip Galanes. The couple were inspired by Maison de Verre (House of Glass)-the iconic Parisian structure built by Pierre Chareau in 1932-and they crafted the property from glass, steel, and stucco.

Freestanding panels-inspired by the work of Jean Prouvé-divide the dining and living areas.

Philip is an avid collector of modernist furniture and fine art, and he dressed the sun-kissed living spaces with vintage fixtures and salvaged antiques.

"This three-bedroom compound is a timeless beauty that looks as if it's always been on the property," notes listing agent Cee Scott Brown. "It could have been built in 1940, 1960, or 15 years ago (as it was). It’s not trendy, but it is enduringly chic."

Designed with an expansive, open layout, the home features spacious living areas-all of which connect directly to the outdoors. Custom details can be found throughout, including Turkish travertine floors, antique sinks in the kitchen, and restored oak doors in the library.

Black steel–framed windows continue into the airy kitchen, complete with bespoke cabinetry.

Wide, custom-milled mahogany lines the floors in the three bedrooms.

"The true feat of this home that Michael built for us is that it’s incredible for entertaining, but also cozy to live in," says Philip. Michael adds: "I love the ratio of public space to private space here-you really have it all."

The primary bath features a large clawfoot tub and offers direct outdoor access.

According to agent Cee Scott Brown, the couple developed a "Survival Style" for the home, salvaging "antique sinks, doors, and hardware that are both functional and aesthetically chic."

Outside, a private oasis awaits, complete with a heated lap pool, large travertine patio, and freestanding pool house. A garage and 600-square-foot studio are also included. "While the house sits on an acre-on a deep flag lot that backs up to a six-acre reserve-it feels much larger thanks to smart site planning," notes Brown. Scroll ahead to see more of the property, now listed for $4,995,000.

The backyard caters to entertaining and relaxing with a lap pool, covered dining area, and lush lawn bordering the wooded preserve.

A peek at the turnkey studio, which could easily be converted into a guesthouse or gym.

In addition to being featured in multiple publications, the Glass House has also earned a spot on the Museum of Modern Art’s tour of iconic houses of East Hampton.


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