The triplex has a distinctive combination of expansive vertical and horizontal vistas that visually extend out into the NewYork City skyline. Unfortunately the apartment was in estate condition when ECA's client purchased it and needed a massive transformation.
ECA's client was eager to create a home to exhibit his extensive art collection; paintings, sculpture, antiquities, rare books, vintage furniture, and antiques. Typically, with a collection as vast and distinct as this, ECA would be asked to create a white box museum-like space. Not so here. ECA was asked to develop a design for the compact triplex that itself was as vibrant as the collection while still successfully synthesizing his wide-ranging aesthetic sense.
From the Entry Foyer, to the double height Living Room and Master Suite, every space was treated as a distinct canvas crafted for what would reside within. Custom architectural elements were developed and installed that would either recede or enhance what was housed within. Specialty materials, from Prussian Blue Venetian Plaster walls to Zebrawood display cases and structural glass, were used so that even when the eye pauses at the penthouse’s architecture one would be engaged and excited.
This Pre-War on the Upper West Side really needed an upgrade. It was caked with off-white paint and unimpressive. ECA's client was looking for a cool space for himself and his two daughters.
The apartment was lackluster and needed functional changes and aesthetic changes to feel like home. Although the Kitchen had been renovated not too long ago, the room was enclosed and felt small.
ECA opened the apartment and imbued it with the light and flair it was so needing. The Kitchen opens to the Family/Dining Room and the Family/Dining opens up to the Living Room which were closed off previously so the spaces flow and are comfortable, a real home. The daughters got to design their bedrooms which pulled them into the fun, creative process.
This young family with two energetic boys was busting out of their small two bedroom apartment. When the next door unit became available they snatched it up.
The almost mirror image units needed an overhaul; the newly purchased unit was in estate condition and the boys needed space.
ECA had the good fortune that the living rooms backed up with shared fireplaces. This allowed for the creation of an open and flowing living area centered around a fireplace on one side and the family’s entertainment center on the other. This condition facilitated the phasing, allowing the family to live where they were until the renovation with the new kitchen was completed.
Although the apartment was spacious, it lacked flow, felt closed in and had a dull almost flat feeling. Functionally it did not work for ECA's client.
Each of the spaces were expansive enough to house several functions. What was a dining room became a dining room, entertainment center and library. The living room also housed a baby grand piano and an office area.
ECA's goal for the comprehensive renovation of this apartment was to update the vocabulary of this majestic Pre-War structure. ECA enlarged openings and added transoms above to allow the infiltration of daylight into the Foyer. ECA created a Library in a deep saturated mahogany and completely replaced the Kitchen and Pantry, which were vintage 1960’s.
ECA's client loved the town of Quogue, its small scale and friendliness and one of them had grown up summering in a family barn. When this carriage house became available they did not hesitate. For a young couple this was a tall order, so ECA worked over the years, phasing each step.
This 1907 carriage house had been abandoned and never lived in. Six previous owners had failed to convert it into a home, given its massive scale and lack of access to daylight.
This project required a tight team and creative financing – ECA had that thanks to their client who had an MBA. All were young and excited – challenges became assets. Light was our major goal and between the new clearstory and large bay windows we had daylight on our side. ECA's next goal was to save as much of the 2” thick wood siding as possible as previous owners had removed large expanses for inappropriate sliding glass doors, so, the new walls were wainscot only.