A full crew showed for the initial walk through - owner, architect, building rep, cabinet maker, and contractor. “This is it,” the rep said as he turned the key. Crossing the threshold, the owner turned back our way. “This bedroom and bath on this hall will stay as they are. Everything else has to go.” It was obvious it had been quickly, and somewhat shoddily, finished for the model unit, a stunning 21st floor view that swept across the entire western facade.
We reorganized the space into three zones for its intermittent occupant, a corner office and conference area, a public living and entertaining space, and a master suite. Asked to concentrate on providing a “loose separation” of separate spaces, we organized the area spaces to capitalize or control views while working, preparing food, riding a wind trainer, and waking up and getting ready for a day of concentrated work. We led a design team of owner, interior designer, contractor, and fabricators to design and build counters, fireplace surround, custom dining room light fixtures and chairs, kitchen cabinetry, entertainment center cabinetry, a custom sliding visual divider between offices, master bedroom headboard, and conference area table.
Initially intended as a downtown office used only occasionally for overnight stays, the owner has embraced urban living. “This is my home now, pretty much full time. I love it here.”