Bay Watch: A Hamptons Poolside Pergola by Glenn Gissler

Glenn Gissler collaborated with architect Francis Fleetwood on building this house back in 1990. It’s located on a fabulous five-acre property in Bridgehampton between Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. In 2010, they returned to alter the covered porch and add a trellised poolside pavilion, which has dramatic views of water in two directions. The summer sun in the Hamptons can be harsh and unrelenting, so the idea was to create an outdoor living room that could be comfortable and practical under rather exposed conditions. The fabrics are all by Sunbrella and can handle moisture and sun, and the furniture from Munder-Skiles is natural teak. The owner entertains throughout the season, so the covered porch can accommodate a variety of furniture layouts for cocktail parties,  buffet lunches, and sit-down dinners, including the dramatic continuous banquette table shown here for 34 people!

Poolside pergola in a Mecox Bay house by Glenn Gissler

Poolside pergola in Mecox Bay house by Glenn Gissler

Covered porch overlooking pool in Mecox Bay house by Glenn Gissler

Covered porch overlooking pool in Mecox Bay house by Glenn Gissler