Bespoke Home

Bates Masi + Architects


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SpecificationsSKU: 90388Size: 9″x11″ Portrait Pages: 300 Binding: Trade Cloth Publication Date: June 2016 ISBN: 978-1-941806-39-5 World Rights: Available
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To respond to the unique opportunities of each client and site, Bates Masi + Architects has developed an approach rather than a devotion to a particular style. Careful study of the needs of the site and owners uncovers a guiding concept particular to each project. It may be derived from the owner’s interests, the site’s parameters, or the character of the place. That concept is distilled to its essence so that it can inform the design at all scales, from massing to materials to details. The consistency of the concept is evident in the finished product. It imbues even small details and simple materials with meaning, thus making the mundane memorable and timeless. The result is an architecture that is cohesive, innovative, contextual, and full of details that delight.

Bespoke Home is the first comprehensive survey of Bates Masi’s fifty-plus years of work, including several never-before-published works. It focuses on the firm’s residential portfolio, specifically second homes on the East End of Long Island. Using each house as a case study, the book documents Bates Masi’s design process with concept images, diagrams, and narratives for each project. This book demonstrates how influences of the physical and historical context, as well as the client, are distilled into a guiding concept for each project. With a foreword by noted architectural critic Paul Goldberger and over 200 pages of photos and drawings of extraordinary second homes, Bespoke Home will appeal to architects and design devotees alike.

Paul Masi received a Bachelor of Architecture from Catholic University and a Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He worked at Richard Meier & Partners before joining this firm in 1998.
Harry Bates received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University. After ten years with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he was in private practice in New York City for seventeen years before moving the firm to Water Mill on the East End in 1980.

Paul Goldberger is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011, he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons school of design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 12 × 2 in

9"x11" Portrait




Trade Cloth

Publication date

June 2016



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