The renovation of a private residence completed in 2014 in La Rochelle, France results in the open and luminous ‘white house’, designed by Le Studio Pierre Antoine Compain. The scheme is organized around a full-height atrium, located beneath a large roof window, which allows light to flow into each of the four floors. Glass partitions and white floors in this inner void promote illumination, while promoting an overall openness both in vertical and horizontal axes. Small pods extend into the central space to create areas scaled for individual use, including a computer station and reading nook.
Presentation of the Studio:
To begin there is space, an empty space, sometimes attached to a past but always turned to the possibilities that the future holds. This space is precious, along with the designs that will take place within. The studio’s work consists of sculpting the void, the emptiness, and transforming it by shining light upon volumes, functions and materials. Our ambition is to create a unique spatial design that will be self-evident and recognizable. Deeply attached to the laid back identity of Southern France, The Studio is also inspired by other horizons, other cultures, from the vibrant colors of Brazil to the sleek lines of the Florida coast. Our creations reflect a taste for light, lively colors and soft forms. The studio aspires to present a global approach to the project, where design and product meet to form one. Our goal is to share our design driven philosophy with our clients in search of singular, spectacular and foremost identifiable spaces.
This year’s Kips Bay Show House in New York City, New York, spotted on Sotheby’s, was the most magnificent ever – and the townhouse can be yours! It is located on one of Manhattan’s loveliest townhouse blocks, one filled with single family homes. 19 of the most prominent designers transformed this 20 foot wide, 5 story house with elevator, originally built in 1899, into a truly spectacular residence. Outstanding features include a state-of-the-art professional kitchen and lavish powder room on the ground floor which has not only a gorgeous planted garden, but a one-of-a-kind 2-story glass enclosed atrium. The expansive living room has soaring ceilings and the adjacent formal dining room overlooks the garden and atrium. There is a wine tasting room adjacent to the dining room. The master bedroom suite on the 3rd floor is exquisite, plus there are additional bedrooms on the 4th floor. The 5th floor has front and rear terraces, one with a gold fish pond, and a modern lounge/media room second to none. In the picture above, Andrew Suvalsky draped the front hall with a sheer black floral curtain.
This incredible designer showcase home is listed at $16,000,000, from here.
Mr. Suvalsky designed these cabinets himself. Above, a pair of photographs by Adrien Broom.
Mr. Suvalsky, who also colonized the foyer, said he is “equal opportunity” when it comes to color. The ’50s Italian sofa is from Gaspare Asaro. The painting is by Rainer Gross.
James Huniford designed this sofa in the atrium. The Josef Hoffmann chair came from Kimcherova; the fabric is from Maharam.
Bone and brass coffee tables by Enrique Garcel from Mondo Cane.
In Mr. Huniford’s room, a waterfall painting by Pat Steir from Cheim & Read. On the floor, a coyote skin rug and flooring made of recycled leather in a crocodile print.
In Mr. Suvalsky’s powder room, three shades of blue lacquer. It took three weeks, he said, to get the finish this liquid-looking. He designed the rug with Kyle Bunting. The “Chainon Mirror” is from Lorin Marsh.
Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez made a monochromatic, mostly English sitting room. With the four-by-four-foot ottoman, it seats 14.
On a leathered drum table from Yale R. Burge Antiques, a wire sculpture from Maison Gerard.
Garcia/Maldonado Inc turned a bedroom into a stylish lounge. The Kate Moss photograph is by Russell Young. The Italian mid-century chandelier is from Bernd Goeckler. The walls are paneled in sueded buffalo.
Sara Story designed her living room to recall the shifting planes of a Cubist painting. The stylized bamboo wallpaper is from her own line; the sofas were custom-made, and the coffee table is 1940s French.
Ms. Story’s bathroom is an homage both to Andree Putman and to her own anxieties, she said. The bathtub is filled with crumpled paper, scrawled with words like, “Bamboo: Love or Hate?”
Eve Robinson’s family room is designed in lavender and gray. The vintage lounge chair is from Lorin Marsh.
In Ms. Robinson’s room, a table for Scrabble and lots of marshmallows. The hand-blown pendant lamps are by David Wiseman; the pair of photographs, from a series called “Tethered,” are by Randy West.
Ms. Robinson filled her stainless steel fireplace with silvery blown-glass logs by Suzan Etkin.
In Kristen McGinnis’s dining room, a neon, wood and string sculpture by Elliott Hundley. The painting is by Al Held, from Cheim & Read. The table and chairs are by Joaquim Tenreiro, from R 20th Century.
The Japanese bowls are from Sara Japanese Pottery. The Mepra flatware is from Barneys.
Above a leather bar by Dineen Architecture + Design PC, a photograph by Margaux Walter. The shell mask by Thomas Boog is from Maison Gerard.
In their sitting room, slipper chairs from Duane Modern. The huge Regency wine cooler is from Kentshire.
The mohair throw is by Susan Chalom.
Jack Levy designed this sitting room around the Fornasetti wallpaper. At the last minute, he sliced up a length of the brocade fabric he used for his pillows and stitched it to the back of the gray wool club chair.
Mr. Levy wanted the curtains “to look like water,” he said.
The Anglo-Indian bed in Kathryn Ireland’s bedroom is draped in her fabric collection from Scalamandre.
Stephen Mooney’s peaceful lady’s “writing room” has no computer. The wallpaper is from Scalamandre.
In the back yard, a balloon bench and balls of boxwood by Nievera Williams Design.
There’s a fish pond, and a bathtub from AFNY.
West Chin turned this outdoor fireplace into a terrarium.
He designed this white Corian birdhouse to look like a house he designed for a family in Long Island.
Mr. Chin draped moss over the back terrace wall (he said it reminded him of the “Lord of the Rings” movies); the knitted poufs are from Karkula.
632 Hudson Street, as spotted on Douglas Elliman, is an exquisite building with fascinating history, situated in the West Village, Meat Packing District, New York. In a class of its own stands this brilliant example of adaptive reuse, from sausage factory to palazzo, stunning in its intriguing complexity and fascinating in its alluring detail. This 8,000 square foot building comprises a sensational triplex with a central 40 foot atrium and a grand staircase and elevator leading up to a solarium and a magical roof garden, shaded by mature trees and flowering plants. Below the triplex, a charming bright floor through apartment replete with old world details high ceilings and a luxurious bathroom. It can be joined to the contiguous studio apartment next door. The pristinely renovated commercial ground floor overlooking lavish plantings offers a wide range of possibilities. Adjoining this floor below is a prohibition style licensed “speak easy”, well known in Event circles, and constantly rented.
Originally built in 1847 as a townhouse for the family of a sash maker, 632 Hudson Street was converted to a general store and produce market late in the 19th century by Hugh King. He operated an import business and general store, purveying fine whiskies, wines and brandies among other goods, and owned the buildings until the start of World War II. This particular owner left a clear imprint on the buildings; from across the street one can make out the faded letters of the words “fine whiskies and wine”, and “Hugh King 1881″ is visible on the pediment to this day. In the 1930’s, the building became home to an import export business and chorizo sausage factory, which it remained until 1992. Among the imports were Spanish nougat, guava products from Cuba, Canadian salt codfish, as well as rice and beans. Manufacturing mainly Spanish-style sausages such as sobrasada, butifarra and longoniza, the factory also produced Esteve brand olives, olive oil and capers.
In 1992, the current owner fell in love with the now derelict building and, with her mother, ended up purchasing it, determined to transform the vacant factory into a beautiful home. Whenever possible the original historical elements of the building have been preserved; old floorboards cleaned and treated and reused, beams and brick left exposed. In some cases it was necessary to get creative; the concrete of the “new” fireplace was rubbed by hand with coffee and mustard to give it an aged-by-time feel. The building is a never-ending labor of love for the owner, and for this reason it is full of fantasy, romance and imagination. Following the filming of The Real World’s 10th season within its walls, the owner took the opportunity to share her work with others, making the building available for photo and film shoots, celebratory events as well as for living. The personality and history of the building remain strong and ever-changing, growing with each new visitor.
This property is being sold for $22,000,000, from here.
Sundial House has been designed by Eugene Stoltzfus Architect as a beautiful country home situated in Harrisonburg, Virginia that has been developed from the urban concept of two houses unified by the street between them. The integration of the site positioning, the floor plans, the 3 dimensional form, the massing of masonry and the orientation toward the view and the sun, give this passive solar house its distinctive character.
The South House, comprised of 3,660 square feet of living space includes the kitchen, dining room, and living room. It is open to the street, with no interior walls. The North House, comprised of 2,340 square feet with a full basement, including garage, is divided into private rooms: bedrooms, office, laundry, and bathrooms.
The street acts as an Atrium and contains circulation in 3 dimensions: across between the two houses, lengthwise from entrance to back door, and vertically by stair from the basement to the ground floor and on up to the second floor. The Atrium roof holds the skylight with the center rod whose shadow allows the inhabitants of this house to tell time on the walls and floors of this perfectly oriented house.
Photos: Courtesy of Eugene Stoltzfus Architect
Cal Kempton Park is a contemporary residence situated in Johannesburg, South Africa, designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects. The client wished to have a generous-sized family home with separate living quarters their adult son and two daughters. The property is a private estate, so the house was designed to be open to the street, with a glass link across a koi-pond as the entrance. This also separated the guest wing with the son’s bedroom over it from the main house, creating almost a cottage, consisting of the gym, guest suite, double garage, the son’s lounge/study and his suite.
The crescent shape of the stands determined the shape of the house towards the street, as the architects tried to keep the house as far south on the stand as possible, because the stands were fairly shallow towards the north. To get enough light into the house, they used double volume windows, deeply shaded to only allow winter sun into the living areas. By using a huge internal balcony upstairs and an atrium they were able to give the two daughters two north facing suites and lounge, with balconies both on the north and south side. The home blurs the boundaries of indoor and out through the use of sliding/folding doors, enabling the lanai/bar and family/breakfast nooks to be open to the pool and internal atrium.
Photos: Courtesy of Nico van der Meulen Architects
The luxurious H.2. Residence is a striking home located in a residential suburb of Athens, Greece, designed by architecture firm 314 Architecture Studio. The building is situated in the area of Golf in Glyfada, consisting of three residential areas. Each residence has two smaller bedrooms and one master suite.
Here is a description of the project from the architects, “outside there is an atrium that provides light to secondary areas of the house while working as a funnel exit of hot air for reduced energy consumption air-conditioning during the summer months. The bioclimatic design and the positioning of the building with fixed louvers and the design of their exposures save natural heating energy while the connection between building and water creates a natural cooling. The houses are equipped with the latest technology of under floor heating systems and VR air-conditioning friendly to the environment. The materials used in the flooring and walls are all natural rather than industrial.
The interior design utilizes colors and materials to create a sense of harmony, modernity and at the same time luxury while the sculptures of Gianni Aspra dominate the walls of living rooms creating emotions and abstract mood. Finally the roof gardens with glass stairwells offer unlimited view of Argosaronic.”
Today we bring to you this fabulous property called Villa Snow White, designed by Helin & Co Architects, this home is located along the Espoo coast of Finland. Situated on the top of a hill, an old villa was cleared away to make room for this beautiful new home sited between old trees on the property. The openings of the interiors were planned by the location of these trees.
From the architects: “Woodnotes Design and the authentic minimalism of their products set the direction for the visual style of the building. It was the client’s wish that the building would display the same feel of authentic materials that is also found upon Ritva Puotila’s textile art. The building serves two functions: it works both as the client’s family home and as a showroom for Woodnotes. The main entrance locates through a closed outdoor atrium, facing the West towards the evening sun. The atrium can also be entered from the kitchen and via a bridge and a staircase from the sauna. The spaces live with the Northern light and adapt the white surfaces to the scenery in which it locates all the way to the distant horizon of the sea. The concrete structure of the building was casted on the location over steel pilars and cladded with snow white plastered tiles. The surfaces of the interiors are light and the floors are mostly solid oak and limestone.”
Visit the website of Helin & Co Architects here.
The Gorki house was designed by architecture firm Atrium in Moscow, Russia. The contemporary residence was designed for a young couple with a child. The house is positioned on the top of a hill surrounded by pine trees. The home features beautiful views from every direction except for the north, so the architects decided to close it off. This provoked the idea of folded plane, which is lifted a little above the ground and forms the space of the house. It creates a variety of inner and outer spaces which serve usual dwelling functions. At the same time the building is open to the sunlight, with windows throughout oriented towards natural light.
You can feel the structure of folding in the house because of the open space plan where public zones flow into private areas and vice-versa. There is no difference in cladding of the outside and the inside. If you see wood in the exterior you can be sure that this place in the interior is made in the same material. The folded theme also became a style of the site, so all services looks like the main building. There is a car shed and a Russian bath. The last building is partly hidden in the landscape, so the roof of it works as an observation platform. In winter time it became a skating-rink. Via
Visit the website of Atrium architects here.
Photos: Yuri Palmin, Anton Nadtochiy
Atrium House is a pre-existing one-storey garage transformed into a dynamic two-storey house with a central garden in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by MESH Architectures, the 2,100 square foot home fills a 22’x100′ where the 30′ rear yard requirement by zoning laws was avoided by building the home around a central courtyard. The result is plenty of private space with a catwalk through the double height living room connecting the second floor bedroom, stair and rear roof deck.
The unobtrusive front facade leads you into the two-storey residence that is both modern and industrial. It is basic stucco, with wire mesh to help support vines that will eventually cover it. Lighting along the rustic pine board walls is from fixtures made of plumbing pipe, designed by the architect. The house is heated by radiant concrete flooring. The staircase is cantilevered from the wall which divides the two flights, starting in a compressed space and ending suspended above the double-height living room. Via
Visit the website of MESH Architectures here.
Photos: Jason Schmidt