East Hampton Town HallEdit profile
East Hampton prides itself on its Colonial heritage; the preserved public landscape of the original town green, the practicality of the iconic Colonial-era windmills, and the simplicity of shingled saltbox farmsteads are at the heart of the town's identity. The gift of a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century timber-framed vernacular houses and barns gave the Town government the opportunity to put a public face on the community's legacy and values. Our design for the East Hampton Town Hall takes four of these structures"two houses and two barns"and organizes them in the traditional relationship of farm buildings that characterized the eras in which they were originally built. These buildings, restored for private residential use by the donors, were transported to a site on busy Montauk Highway, where they screen from view the low utilitarian buildings that have up to now housed the Town's offices. The larger of the two barns serves as the town board's public forum, the smaller barn as a smaller public meeting room. The two houses will accommodate the offices of the town supervisor, the four town board members, and support staff. The four historic buildings are linked by a transparent glass-and-metal conservatory that serves as an entry to the complex and brings light into additional offices built below in the structures' new foundations. A third historic barn serves as an open-air gateway to the complex from adjacent parking. The preservation and reuse of these historic structures is intrinsically “green.` Beyond that, an array of sustainable design strategies"geothermal source heating and cooling, provision for natural ventilation, and the use of sustainable materials"will be utilized to achieve an energy efficient and ecologically conscious design.