Our design for the East Hampton Town Hall takes a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century timber-framed vernacular structures, preserved by a couple as a residence and then donated to the Town, and organizes them as a new campus for local government. Four structures—Hedges House, Hand House, Bridgehampton Barn, and Parsons Barn—are arranged in the relationship of house and outbuilding that characterized the period in which they were built. In contrast to the solid geometries of the historic structures, a glass-and-metal conservatory-style lobby connects the buildings and allows them to retain their individual integrity.
Town Board meetings are held in the larger of the two barns. The smaller barn functions as an additional public meeting room. The two houses accommodate the offices of the town supervisor, the four town board members, and support staff. The glass lobby brings natural light to an internal stair and down to a suite of offices at the lower level. Another historic structure, Baker Barn, serves as an open-air gateway to the complex from adjacent parking.
The preservation and reuse of these historic structures is intrinsically green and environmentally friendly. Beyond that, an array of sustainable design strategies—natural ventilation, solar shading, reclaimed materials—were used to achieve an energy-efficient and environmentally responsible design.