"Move an inch and the whole thing changes." This is what my photographer Brad Dickson commented about the stair when he was shooting it. My client had bought the apartment below his and wanted to build a masculine and sleek home for himself. I imagined the stair as the focal point of the duplex - effortless with its connections hidden, as if it is simply touching the walls and floors around it. Ever changing as the flatness of the metal changes its appearance with every angle. In the master bathroom - expanded to swallow up the old bathroom, kitchen, and dining area - we progress from a long vanity and a soaking tub, towards a large square shower built of dark stone and teak.
Photos by Brad Dickson
Imagined as a gallery for the client’s artwork and lifestyle - colorful and social. Interlocked kitchen cabinetry with color LED lighting sets the mood for the entertaining and cooking hub.
A portal of light in the hallway washes the space in color.
Large scale sliding panels hold the biggest paintings and enclose the bedroom. Slide open the panels and the bedroom opens completely to the sitting area.
"You are about to see the best views in all of New York City" was my introduction to the NoMo SoHo Penthouse. To my delight, I found out this was the truth. There are many high rises across the city with wraparound terraces, but this one has a unique advantage. Situated in SoHo where all the buildings are low, the NoMo Penthouse gives miles of visual breathing room to take in all of New York, Brooklyn, and New Jersey in a glance.
It feels like the city is at your fingertips.
This penthouse is the launching pad for an unforgettable experience.
This complete transformation of a prewar apartment is for a busy family of art collectors. The first time I walked into the apartment, I said, I know you have more art than you are showing here. It was true, they had paintings so large that there were no walls big enough to hang them, yet they wanted a more open plan home. I fulfilled this need by simultaneously opening the apartment up and re-configuring the layout to accommodate larger artworks. Between the two major living spaces I created large sliding walls where there largest paintings could be showcased. The flooring is set on a 45 degree angle to set itself free of its compartmentalized past and accentuate the open and loose new layout. Bathrooms and kitchen are detailed in deep colors and textures and the rest of the apartment is more mellow, allowing the artwork and the client's personality to stand more prominently.
"I hired Andrew to design a private roof deck on my condo. We started with a roof area scattered with exposed vents and mechanical systems that were quite the eye sore. Andrew had the vision to transform this tight cluttered space into a peaceful retreat. I have the privacy I required without comprising my views of the city. He listened to all my needs and concerns and turned it into a space that I love, all while staying on budget."
High atop a city tower in bustling midtown Manhattan, my client had three cramped apartment units he wanted to combine into one home.
Thinking of the Japanese concept of integrating natural elements into the home, I sensed that making a connection to nature would give it life. Square footage, equal to more than one of those units, was dedicated just to open space. This gave my client the luxury of taking in the surrounding landscapes from any angle.
From a long foyer, one enters the home at its most central point and is greeted by spectacular panoramic views of the Hudson River and the rolling hills of New Jersey miles away. By opening and stretching the space, the homeowner is now more connected to the natural elements of their urban environment on a grand scale. Land, sky, the sun’s movement, and weather become integral actors in the life of this home.
"Andrew created a design that excited our imaginations. Our challenge was to bridge diametrically opposed lifestyles and visions: urban professional and pop artist, conservative and quirky, stoic and colorful, timeless design and pop culture - a private woodland retreat to entertain a large contemporary crowd.”
After seeing the slouch couch, our client approached us to a complete renovation of their home, in a bright, colorful, and sophisticated way. The Adams House is a luxury renovation for a couple with opposite visions, combining the colorful and eccentric with a reserved and formal attitude with precision and elegance. Each of the five bathrooms gained its own personality, with one becoming a steam room. Walls are strategically opened to give visual and physical connection to what was before a a very disconnected house.
Published in AIA Young Architects Forum's Magazine, YAF Forum
The slouch couch is a furniture piece that, in its embracing form, creates an individual space. It can comfortable fit two people in a variety of poses. In plan view the couch is a wedge shape, allowing the fluid combination of units.
Constructed of a fiberglass shell and an upholstered interior, it was first exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair of 2004 in New York City.
The Church of the Holy Light gives visitors an escape from the ordinary and connects with the transcendent through sunlight. Worship spaces are lit through openings in the building’s faceted and folded shape. The facets work to shape the space and obscure the light sources. Throughout the hours of each day and the seasons of each year the sunlight changes the shape and perception of the sanctuary, in an ethereal testament to worship. In this way, the sanctuary embodies man’s understanding of the divine - abstract, felt without seen or understood.
Shannon had a predicament. Her house didn't have a ground floor bathroom. Identifying extra space that didn't require intensive construction was a challenge. However, an unused side porch set on a curved foundation showed its potential. We came up with a design that took full advantage of the available area to create a full, modern bathroom, while still allowing for a generous entry hallway.
We kept the dining room's exterior window openings for a connection between the addition and the existing rooms in the house. Shannon uses her side door as a daily entry, so we designed a bench with shoe storage at the new door.
The shower area has a luxe look, outfitted in chevron cut marble and well appointed with a Hansgrohe handshower and three body sprays in brushed nickel. The shower threshold is curbless and streamlined thanks to a linear wall drain. Wrapping the walls and shower ceiling is a band of handmade ceramic tile.
"Scott and I really like the bathroom very much, it made our life change!" - Shannon
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A colleague referred me to him and we hit it off right away. He shared with me how his daily life is hectic and scattered. He desired this home to be a sanctuary from the intensity of city life.
Our challenge was to design a tranquil space with an expanded kitchen, storage, and a bathroom large enough for a soaking tub, all within the 580 square foot confines of the apartment.
We limited the palette to rich, wide plank wood flooring throughout the apartment, including the bathroom, with all-white walls, cabinets, and backsplashes. A wide sliding bedroom door brings natural light deep into the kitchen and bathroom. Floor to ceiling white cabinetry in the living room concealed his storage while insulating sound between his and the neighboring apartment.
His restorative end of day soaks in the tub were freed from the visual barrage of bathroom clutter. A wall to wall medicine cabinet organized all toiletries behind its up-sliding mirror. We sourced a sculptural Japanese style toilet for both it's function and streamlined abstract form.
Upon visiting my client months after he settled in,
"I love it, I feel like I'm coming home to a spa every day."
In this full gut renovation of a pre-war coop, we completely remodeled the kitchen, converted a 1br/1ba to a two bedroom to make room for future guests and doubled the size of the master bath. The renovation allows the apartment to act both as welcoming home for entertaining family and friends as well as a relaxing haven from the action of the city.