Merriwood Residence is the modern transformation of an existing home into indoor outdoor living by Zone 4 Architects, located in East Hampton, New York. The interior design of this stunning home was carried out by DMS Interiors, with lighting design by Robert Singer & Associates Inc. The home begun with its humble origins as the modernization of an already existing home found at the edge of East Hampton. The residence then underwent a major transformation “into an all inclusive statement of contemporary architecture and the embodiment of indoor outdoor living for summertime living.” Yet, with its warm tones and clean lines, the house brings its owners a livability that is year round.
From the lighting designer:
Uplights and downlights are used in conjunction with sculptural and art elements, creating points of interest with intense highlights and shadows. Completely lamped with LED sources, this remodel greatly reduced its energy consumption with custom details that accentuate the updated architectural forms. A fully integrated control system assists with energy savings and ease of use.
Photos: Steve Mundinger
High Loft is a family apartment showcasing a study in the play of urban light and views, designed by Bade Stageberg Cox, located in New York City, New York. The design integrates open and screened views of the city as the living ‘décor’ of the apartment interior.
Description from the architects: Our clients were interested in a space they could re-shape to meet the needs of their family of four. Several aspects of the building were appealing to them – the building’s history, its distinctive cast iron structure, and the volume of space afforded by the apartment’s 13-foot high ceilings. The design prioritizes views of the city, light and connectedness between spaces over private, compartmentalized rooms.
The living room occupies an apse at the corner of the building (highlighted on the building’s exterior with a golden dome) offering oblique views of the city. The living room furnishings reinforce the geometry of the space through a curved-back sofa, a spiraling pendant light fixture, and an octagonal carpet.
Custom metal shelves and perforated screens frame space and filter light, articulating discrete program areas while allowing the spaces to feel spacious and connected. The screens’ vertical elements are powder-coated steel to appear thin and weightless. The horizontal shelves are walnut to relate to the palette of flooring and custom cabinetry, and the perforated screens are a custom pattern that echo decorative motifs on the cast iron columns.
Faceted translucent glass screens operate in a similar way at the children’s bedrooms, allowing changing natural light into the bedroom hallway and producing a sense of a secondary exposure in the bedrooms while preserving their acoustic privacy.
Photos: Andy Ryan
Chinatown Loft is a small apartment renovation re-imagined by architecture firm Buro Koray Duman, located in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. Comprised of 750 square feet, this lovely apartment showcases a bold, sculptural, open plan design.
Once a three bedroom dark renovation from the 1980’s is now a one bedroom plus one-and-a-half bath. The apartment is on the corner of the 5th floor of a tenement building overlooking Sarah Roosevelt Park.
The interior space is divided by a sculptural wave-like wall that houses the laundry, storage and the powder room. The tile in the powder room is bas-relief honey comb and the master bath is an all plate glass enclosure. Most of the walls are exposed brick that has been white-washed, and the flooring is oak.
The team preserved bits of history in the apartment such as leaving traces of vintage wall paper in the kitchen area. The project won the best of the year award for residential spaces in 2011.
Photos: Peter Murdoch
The Williamsburg loft is a 3,500 square foot live / work space designed in an industrial style by Ensemble Architecture, located in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. This stunningly designed artist’s loft is inhabited by a creatively talented married couple, he is a chef and food writer and she is a sculptor. The couple discovered this spacious ground floor industrial space after spending years looking for an industrial space to renovate. They wanted the space to not only function as a comfortable home to relax and enjoy when not working, but also to be used as workspaces for both of their disciplines. Almost half the space has been divided into a sculpture studio, while the other half encompasses daily living and includes a spacious chef’s kitchen that is used for TV productions and events. On office situated just off the kitchen to be conveniently accessed while cooking for writing and to take care of other business that is related to cooking.
The work zones can be found on one side, the kitchen, living area, and bedroom on the other. Pocket doors create sometimes- there walls between her studio and the living room; his office, just off the kitchen, can similarly be concealed. The doors weigh about 150 pounds each but are designed to support up to 200 pounds of art.
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Monumental, ten-foot by fifteen-foot sliding partitions function to open or close the work spaces from the living spaces creating a flexible balance between live and work.
They used the least expensive marble they could find for the central island and the glossiest Ikea cabinets available. “Everything we put in was very clean—new and crisply detailed, to contrast with the industrial materials,” states the architect. “The best features of the existing space were the unpainted wood ceiling and columns.”
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
The Warren Mews Townhouse is a three story high, single family house recently renovated by Ensemble Architecture, located in the neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York. This stunning eleven foot wide, 1,000 square foot home comes complete with a private garden and writer’s shed, perfect for one of the homeowner’s who is a music writer.
The house was selectively gutted and completely transformed to create a luxury home for a married couple and their growing family. The existing garden shed was replaced with a new structure that serves as a writer’s cottage in the garden.
To open up the rooms and bring in more light, the architects demolished a central staircase that was enclosed by walls, and replaced it with an open staircase edged in spindles. Illumination from an expansive new skylight now floods all three levels.
They reclaimed space by stripping away plaster to expose a brick party wall and the original wooden ceiling joists (while concealing electrical wiring by dropping the ceiling between joists in a few select areas).
In keeping with the period, the homeowner sourced vintage pieces like a salvaged bathtub and sink from the Demolition Depot, an antique marble fireplace mantel from Olde Good Things and blue-and-white Portuguese wall tile from Solar Antique Tiles.
The home was purchased for $1.3 million and the renovation cost the homeowners $550,000, to complete, making the two bedroom, two bathroom space seem bigger and brighter.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
The Cumberland Townhouse has been designed by Ensemble Architecture, located on a park block in the neighborhood of Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. The house was in a dilapidated state when the owner’s purchased the building; the rear wall was falling down and water had been entering the building for several years.
The house was completely transformed with a new rear wall and a two-story addition at the rear of the house. The addition is open to the living room above and is connected through interior steel and glass windows that mimic the two-story, exterior windows.
The doors at the garden open completely to create a seamless connection between the kitchen / dining level and the garden. Vines are planted in recessed planters along the two story party walls in the dining room–the room was designed with the idea of being an indoor-outdoor space where the garden melds with the interior spaces.
The vines will cover the double-story party walls and will add an organic quality to all of the spaces that the dining room connects. The top of the addition is a private master bedroom balcony.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
The Bond Street Loft was designed by Ensemble Architecture, occupying an entire floor of one of New York City’s original artists loft buildings in Manhattan’s NoHo historic district. The 1,500 square foot loft was completely gutted to create a spacious two-bedroom home for a family of three.
Description from the designer: Every detail was considered to maintain the feel of the authentic New York artists’ loft while providing modern amenities including central air conditioning, fumed oak floors and custom, mahogany, weighted windows.
Carefully selected salvaged items were purchased early in the renovation and the layout was designed to accommodate and highlight their unique proportions and organic qualities.
Salvaged items include ten-foot tall double doors leading to the master suite and a 150 year old solid porcelain bathtub with original fittings in the master bathroom. A custom, steel, floor-to-ceiling bookshelf anchors the rear of the large open kitchen / living / dining room and holds the creative couple’s vast collection of art and photography books.
Rustic, industrial details were maintained, created and juxtaposed with minimalist millwork and finishes throughout the loft to create an eccentric home for a creative family.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
Aptly named ‘Flatiron Loft meets meets Bali’, this family style loft was renovated by Matiz Architecture & Design (MAD), located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York. The tone was influenced by Balinese craft juxtaposed with the Industrial style of New York City. Completed in 2015, the loft is comprised of 1,900 square feet of sumptuous living space.
From the designer: Details include imported materials such as hand-painted floor tiles, custom made millwork and petrified wood all creating a contrast of colors and textures weaved throughout the space.
The lofty open floor plan connects the living room, den, dining area and kitchen providing functionality and comfort for the family lifestyle.
MAD’s architectural design practice stems from the belief that the built environment is a living breathing entity with the ability to express emotion and intimately engage with its surroundings. In leveraging spaces’ animated potential, MAD approaches every architectural project through a visceral lens and with an emotional depth upon which our clients have come to rely.
This practice operates in a range of scales and typologies, from single-family residences and stand-alone retail stores to large-scale university facilities and landmark renovation projects.
Photos: Hidenao Abe
Northwest Harbor House is a contemporary single story raised structure that has been designed by Bates Masi + Architects, located in East Hampton, New York. This stunning single family home is comprised of 1,895 square feet of living space.
Straddling freshwater wetlands and a tidal estuary just six feet above sea level, this house’s site demands extraordinary sensitivity to environmental concerns. Local zoning restricts the structure’s maximum coverage and proximity to wetland areas, while FEMA requirements set the first floor structure above the base flood elevation. The house’s basic massing is therefore predetermined, limited to a one-story, 1,900-square-foot design, raised eight feet above the ground. The spaces within this envelope are arranged, articulated, and fenestrated based on an innovative structural system that infuses the house’s inner areas with light and circulating air.
Whereas most waterfront construction uses pilings to establish an artificial ground plane upon which a conventional house is built, these structural members are integral in this project: sixteen exposed, glue-laminated piles stake out the enclosing walls for each of the three bedrooms and extend continuously from the ground through the roof. The spaces between these piles house “utility” functions: closet, desk, laundry, pantry, and shower compartment. In addition to these conventional utilities, three vertical voids are opened between the piles to serve the spaces around them.
Without occupying any of the limited allowed coverage, these open areas add considerable value by improving the house’s interior environmental quality and diminishing its impact on the local environment. The benefit is threefold: each opening draws light though the interior spaces to the carport below, conducts rainwater from the roof deck to the ground via integral downspouts carved into the piles, and ventilates by siphoning air through the middle of the structure.
At the roof, the projecting piles divide the space between a deck directly coinciding with the living areas below and a modular planting system installed above each bedroom to reduce runoff. The projecting piles also serve as supports for photovoltaics that power geothermal pumps, utilizing the abundance of high ground water to heat and cool the house. At the ground level, the space below the house is utilized for parking and storage to minimize the footprint on the site.
By allowing voids to permeate through the house, the owners have multiple visual connections to the landscape from below, within, and above, encouraging a sense of place.
Photos: Bates Masi + Architects
This house is configured as two volumes separated by a central circulation core. Taking advantage of the bay and ocean views, the larger of the two volumes houses open living room, dining, and kitchen on the main floor with family bedrooms above. The smaller volume provides space for back of house functions and a family room, with guests above.
Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects specializes in single-family modern beach dwellings and second homes. The architects strive to create a rewarding design and building experience for our clients. Each project is unique and a response to the client’s program, budget, schedule and site. Architecture is a patient search and ours is a collaborative approach to the whole process.
Photos: Matthew Carbone
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