The Arc House, a residence on Green Hollow Road in East Hampton that is a kind of glamorized Quonset hut will be featured Sunday on the Travel Channel. Designed by Maziar Behrooz, an East Hampton architect who just opened an office in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, the nearly 5,200-square-foot structure is made of corrugated steel and held up by 14 “ribs.”
The show is "Extreme Vacation Homes," an offshoot of the network’s Extreme franchise that includes "Extreme Animal Adventures" (Think: alligator wrestling) and "Extreme Resorts" (Think: igloo village).
For the Sunday, 5:30 p.m. airing, the network has posted this teaser: “From a Caribbean cave house fit for a Bond villain to an Italian oasis in the heart of Florence, and a secret Thai tree house, explore some of the world's most extreme vacation homes.” No mention of the glass, stone, steel, and wood Hamptons house.
The funny thing is that, as Mr. Behrooz posted on his Facebook page, the Arc House is “not a vacation home nor extreme.” He elaborates on his website: “The Arc House is inhabited year-round by a lovely couple and their two big dogs so technically it is not a vacation house. And we don't really think of it as an extreme home.” But he said he is honored to have been chosen. “Either it will be fun, or cringeworthy,” he tweeted.
And, it will afford welcome publicity, seeing that the house was put on the market in June for just under $4 million, though it has had no takers. "Nobody has walked out without being awed by the design and feeling,” said David Zazula of Halstead Property, the listing agent. “It’s one of a kind, has a tremendous amount of light, and brings the outdoors in,” he said, with its “incredibly tall” and hurricane-proof windows. He is confident he will find the right buyer this spring.