Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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This page: The original kitchen was small and cut off from the view, which supplied license for reinvention. To open it up, the architects annexed space from a former housekeeper's room. apartment buildings, and single-family houses, he is known for Cinemas 1 and 2 on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, one of the first multiplex movie theaters in the nation, and Aaron Davis Hall, a perform- ing arts auditorium at the City College of New York. Fortunately, the house had had just one owner. She was 96 when she sold the house, and "it was like taking the wrappings off and finding something in pretty good condition that hadn't been bastardized," Stuart says. Strikingly sim- ple, it consists of two boxes that contain the private/service functions—a kitchen and small bedroom on the east; and a master bedroom, sitting room, and third bedroom on the west. In the center is a clerestoried living pavilion with the dou- ble diamond roof. The diamonds form a butterfly shape and high ceilings on the interior, which was wrapped in teak and had hidden doors leading to the kitchen. Shell Game Stuart saw his task as shoring up the house's existing features, modernizing the building materials, and refinishing the interiors—including the period furniture, which conveyed with the sale. "The materials were not sophisticated. It was a matter of looking at the details and saying, how can we do it better in terms of structural systems, insulation, and keeping it weathertight," he says. Inside and out, the gut-renovated house looks virtually the same as the original except for a few well-placed moves: The design team reversed the zigzag entrance ramp so that the lower section folds to the outside rather than the inside. They also opened up the kitchen to the former housekeeper's bedroom/sitting room and views of the ocean. "I have some regrets about opening the kitchen; it was completely original, including the 1960s clock 65 VOL. 5, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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