LM Guest House was designed to celebrate the beauty of the surrounding landscape by Desai/Chia Architecture, located on a rolling farm property in upstate New York. The Duchess County property showcases sweeping views through an all-glass facade magnify the spacious, open feel of the living areas.
This 2,000 square foot guest house is situated on a rock outcropping that overlooks a trout pond and open farmland. Designed as a contemplative retreat for weekend visitors, the house allows one to experience the expansive surrounding landscape with vast unobstructed views. The house integrates a number of sustainable design strategies including geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floors, natural ventilation, motorized solar shades, photovoltaic panels, and rainwater collection for irrigation.
Landscape design strategies were closely tied to the design of the house. A tight palette of native vegetation highlights vistas and other natural features on the property while also managing storm water run-off. Local bluestone slabs and shale excavated from the site create outdoor seating areas and pathways; a bluestone slab terrace between the house and a nearby grove of pine trees provides an intimate outdoor room for entertaining and dining. Bluestone steps from the terrace lead to a barbeque area and an outdoor shower in the woods.
Open views to nature create a stunning backdrop for the main living and sleeping areas. A main bedroom and two ‘couchette’ nooks with built-in bunk beds provide accommodations for six overnight guests.
The open living and sleeping areas flow around a compact slatted wood core that disguises the mechanical, storage, and bathing spaces. Two sleeping couchettes with built-in bunk beds provide efficient accommodations for additional weekend guests. Natural white oak wood detailing provides warmth and texture throughout the home.
The couchette nooks, bathroom, and storage rooms are housed within a slatted wood core in the middle of the house. The custom wood wall system surrounding the core allows natural light to penetrate through to the inner spaces of the home by day; at night, light emanates from the wood core and provides a warm, inviting glow in the living areas. The slatted system also allows the whole house to ‘breathe’; comfortable natural ventilation occurs throughout the house, even in the sleeping couchettes and storage closets.
An innovative steel frame structure allows the roof to cantilever dramatically over the open living areas and bedroom.
The structural design for the house relies on 4 steel columns imbedded in the wood core; the roof cantilevers out from these 4 columns. This elegant structural solution uses the minimum amount of materials to achieve expansive, open living areas at both ends of the house. The facade of the house was designed as a thermally robust system of high-performance, triple-paned glass units that vary in width from 10’ to 20’. The entire assembly was prefabricated off-site, shipped to the site in one container, and erected by crane in 2 days.
The home employs several sustainable design strategies including geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floors, motorized solar shading, photovoltaic panels, and rainwater harvesting.
Photos: Paul Warchol
Martin Bourne, interior stylist and Leilin López, his counterpart in the field of fashion, have blended their aesthetic visions in this modern bohemian style flat in Dumbo, a district in Brooklyn, New York. This post industrial flat is a converted warehouse, reflecting primarily a lifestyle, turned into a cozy, romantic and contemporary apartment.
The Eames furniture or Hans Wegner coexist with other anonymous pieces bought at flea markets. When the owners found this house, they did not immediately like it; quite the contrary. It was a white brick industrial building with one room of 3,013 square feet (280 square meters) without gaps and with large ceiling hung fluorescent lights. To top it off, this neighborhood across the bridge was dangerous. They purchased it anyway, perhaps having a hunch that it would become in the near future one of the new it areas, bohemian and modern New York.
Eventually they decided to make the necessary touches to make the space more cozy by visually separating the living room, dining room, study and kitchen, which still share a single open space and reformed the open master bedroom. They also kept a guest room. The wooden walls were painted with pastel tones to add warmth to the immense space previously used for storage.
The owners have defined their home as a modern-romantic. Romantic because it is cozy, with a predominance of pastels like pink, green water, light blue and white, mixed with flea markets finds picked up from all over the US and travels on four continents. Modern because it is not too perfect, its fresh, light and spacious and very eclectic.
The owners favorite is the office space with large tables with axle stands and a lot of personal items that inspire them on the walls. It is in this space where they spend hours reading, inquiring, looking at magazines and thinking. It is the factory where they process everything that catches their attention and need to build their personal creative universe.
Photos: Manolo Yllera for Architectural Digest
This Tribeca loft has been renovated to the highest standards, keeping a modern feel while honoring its industrial roots of exposed beams and bricks. Preserving and showcasing its original details and character, this beautiful 1,400 square foot turn-key home is the epitome of downtown New York luxury loft living, blending refined modern design with a cool industrial aesthetic.
We spotted this sensational loft listed for sale on Sotheby’s at $2,595,000, from here.
The light-filled living area offers perfect proportions for entertaining and features white brick walls, wide-plank solid walnut floors, high ceilings with exposed beams, and 6 large windows. Adjacent to the living room is a quintessential chef’s kitchen with a large center island, Calacatta gold marble countertops, stainless steel Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine storage, and ample custom cabinetry.
As part of the renovation, the beadboard was ripped out in the ceiling, which exposed the loft’s old rafters to open up the space. Sheetrock was placed between the rafters to help soundproof the ceilings. The exposed beams and the exposed brick were painted white.
The spacious master suite has abundant closet space, a dressing room, and a serene limestone bath with double vanity and high-end fixtures.
The master bath has Italian stone reminiscent of wood, to accentuate the ‘woodsiness’ of the rafters.
Part of the apartment’s renovation included creating a second room that can be a bedroom, den or home office. The doors leading into the room are frosted glass, with leather handles and brushed steel locks on the bottom.
The second bedroom of the home, now a nursery, was previously used as an office, seen here. The total remodeling of the loft, which was completed over eight months in 2008, cost about $500,000.
A large guest bath has a cool downtown feel with dark grout subway tiles, grey stone floors and a soaking tub. There is also a laundry area with a Miele washer/dryer.
Duane Street Duplex is a stunning contemporary home renovation completed by architecture studio wUNDERground, located in the heart of TriBeCa, New York. The family home is comprised of two adjacent three bedroom apartments boasting stunning 18 foot arched windows and serene park views. The downtown family purchased the apartments amid a developer’s building renovation.
To synthesize 4,200 square feet of real estate, the spaces were rescaled and modified to create a custom loft home. Fixtures, finishes, and details were all altered from the developer’s standard to accommodate the owners’ modern tastes.
We worked on site with the developer’s builders to incorporate the primary changes, then engaged specialty contractors to complete the space. We dedicated extensive attention to resolving all of the unique conditions resulting from the exposed irregular structural grid and complex conversion infrastructure.
After multiple stages of renovation, this unique loft evolved into a truly stunning modern home, complete with custom millwork, centralized control systems, and specialty details throughout.
wUNDERground is a Brooklyn-based, design architecture studio specializing in private homes and distinctive commercial, restaurant, and retail interiors in the New York City area.
The studio approaches every project from a design perspective without losing site of sensible, practical problem solving. Our explorations often result in radically rethinking existing plans and the way they are used. We strive to achieve design focus and visual clarity by curating existing architectural elements, spatial characteristics, and client possessions and supporting them in an appropriately scaled and detailed context of a generally modern, refined, contemporary aesthetic
Photos: Courtesy of wUNDERground
State Street Townhouse was designed in 2012 as a typical American family house but in an urban context by Ben Hansen Architect, located in Brooklyn, New York. This stunning four-story contemporary townhouse is comprised of 3,444 square feet (320 square meters) of living space, designed with specific family needs.
In many ways, the historic New York City townhouse is not compatible with a contemporary family’s way of life. The first and most important concept was to reinterpret the classic townhouse but customize it to the client’s request of having a join family space at the parlor level, where members of the family move fluidly between the kitchen, dining and living rooms; and have a visual and program connection with the rear courtyard; another interpretation of the typical American family house but in an urban context.
The rest of the floor levels were strictly defined by their own program and vertical circulations, allowing the most efficient way of space planning; and having as much natural light and ventilation as possible, especially in the core of the floor plate, which in the majority of historic townhouses are dark and unpleasant spaces.
While the design of the building is unquestionably contemporary, it relates to its classic NYC context as an abstract reinterpretation of the classic Brownstone Townhouse, from the materiality to the alignment of the facade elements. The front facade is pushed in and out to align with the neighboring building and the used of the classic steel and brick but with a strong contemporary language, that it’s consistent throughout the entire building, stands out in its immediate context.
The design of the exterior areas of the house were as important as the interiors, as a couple with 3 kids, the client needed to have as much patio area as possible, from playground areas in the ground floor, to more private and serene balconies, to a orchard roof deck, and all these landscape program needed to be harmoniously connected with their correspondent interior spaces.
Built in 1846, this posh, newly refreshed Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street is listed for sale, the home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, located in Greenwich Village, New York. At 25 feet wide and six stories tall, the 6,800 square foot single family townhouse with 7 fireplaces is the architectural and historical embodiment of pristine New York luxury living.
Spotted on Douglas Elliman, this stunning townhouse is listed at $22,000,000, from here.
The Parlor Floor introduces itself with a gray Barr flagstone entry, 12 foot ceilings, twin fireplaces, dentil molding, original mantle, and a Juliet balcony (from which one can access the beautifully landscaped Garden). Light gushes through the floor-to-ceiling double-paned mahogany windows in the formal dining room, which is connected to the living room by a gorgeously molded framed entry.
The Garden Floor is outfitted with a Boffi stainless steel and rich walnut eat-in kitchen, bookend marble wall fireplace, Boffi shelving and storage units, with off-kitchen access to the south-facing, split level Garden.
The Guest Floor features three bedrooms, the largest of which has an exquisite en suite marble bath, separate sitting / office area, and Victorian fireplace. The two smaller bedrooms are perfectly appointed as guest or child’s bedrooms, and also feature an en suite bath. A generous linen closet is also located herein.
The Master Floor is beautifully proportioned as an elegant retreat, complete with 25′ x 12′ private terrace, an imported stone fireplace, a hand-carved stone ovular tub, antique tiles, separate sinks, shower room, water closet, and windowed walk-in. The master bath also has its own fireplace.
The Family Floor is illuminated by two oversized skylights. 50′ long bookcases, a separate built-in entertainment system, small windowed office with storage closet, and limestone / mosaic half-bath.
The house comes with five-zone HVAC system, state of the art NEST thermostats, Lutron Maestro dimmers with LED displays, a modern water-based fire suppression system, air cleaning and humidification system, seven working fireplaces, and Arnold Chan designed lighting.
One Beacon Court is a modern Central Park Condo, located in one of Manhattan’s most luxurious condominium residences, the Bloomberg Tower. Designed by local interior designer and painter, Tara Benet, the condo offers sweeping views of New York City. With large expanses of windows, the mostly white interiors are flooded with natural light, giving an open and airy feel. Benet worked with art advisor Kati Lovaas to fill the space with emerging art that pops against the white walls.
Pairing a calacatta marble dining table with leather chairs from Poliform on top of a neutral rug from ABC Carpet & Home creates a neutral environment for the artwork that’s featured in the dining room. The large green “X” is from Philippe Decrauzat and the iron sculpture that hangs is by Valentin Carron, both of which add visual interest into the space.
The white sofa is accented with dark gray and black pillows providing a nice contrast. The dark wood floors also set the tone for the entire apartment making white the perfect choice for the walls and ceilings.
The massive modular book shelf, also from Poliform, features gray cubbies helping to break up the white.
The living room is complete with the placement of an Arco lamp from Flos.
The painting is by Gardar Eide Einarsson and the white marble credenza below is from Cassina.
In the kitchen, a Knoll Saarinen dining table is partnered with Cassina Philippe Starck 245 Caprice chairs.
Photos: Marili Forastieri
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