Architecture + Interior
This condominium project
was commissioned by a professional couple with grown children. The clients are collectors of sculpture,
ceramics, and textiles. They entertain frequently. The house is located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The building, constructed
in 1872, was one of the first apartment residences in the US.
The owners enthused about the location but needed professional design assistance to downsize
from a substantial house in the suburbs and make the layout of this new home
work for them.
The design solution is an
appreciative reference to history while creating contemporary moments in the
newly conceived areas. The entry was reconfigured to create better flow into
the apartment. New wood flooring was
required in the living and dining rooms but existing flooring was restored in
all other areas.
were moved to create an enticing entry sequence with substantial storage and a
partition wall was relocated to create a larger guest bedroom.
Bespoke millwork adds focus
to the entry into the living room. Elegant cabinetry holds part of the client's library and provides areas
of display and storage for some of their art collection. A bar with a small seating area was
introduced here. One enters the living
room through the welcoming portal of this new library.
A new door
incised into the opposite wall of the living room accommodates flow through to the dining room. New furniture and a lighting plan for the
full apartment was commissioned and designed by the architect.
An outdated kitchen was re-designed as an efficient chef's kitchen with cabinetry designed to maximize useful storage space. Custom tile was created to serve as a counterpoint to the sleek new kitchen.
Renderings were generated using representations of
some major pieces of furniture and artwork to help the owners visualize their