Story by Justin Foote
Photography by Daniel Levin
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A calm and elegant master suite by SPG Architects
Updating an historic property for a contemporary lifestyle can be rife with challenges – not least because you're trying to reconcile two disparate programs.
"Built in 1901, this two-story carriage house forms part of a much larger home that recently underwent a complete renovation," says Coty Sidnam, principal of SPG Architects.
"For the master suite, the owner wanted to create a sleek, seamless look using a pared-back palette of materials and colors, while incorporating a number of modern amenities – television, audio visual system, fireplace and air conditioning."
Natural wood – ipê and walnut – feature throughout and a complementary palette of browns and ochres creates a warm ambience.
"The scale of the room, with its very high ceilings, created large wall planes. In order to break that up and to inject a human scale into the room, we created two inset feature elements using Burma teak marble," says Sidnam.
"As this part of the building has a heritage designation, we couldn't make any changes to the original windows. To give the illusion of extra height we added a fixed walnut panel above, which then brought the windows into line with the rest of the vertical elements."
The walk-through wardrobe continues the use of wood as a base material, while the ensuite bathroom inverts this, so that it becomes an accent to the Venetian plaster and back-painted glass.
The owner also has a fondness for Moroccan design, so hand-carved pocket doors were crafted to separate the bedroom from the wardrobe and the wardrobe from the bathroom.
"It is more than a private space, it is a personalized space, an evocation of the client's personality made manifest," says Sidnam.
First published date: 18 September 2012
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|Architect||Coty Sidnam (principal), Sandra Aranguren-Langston (project manager), SPG Architects (New York, NY)|
|Interior designer||Eric Gartner (principal), Mathieu de Genot (project manager), SPG Architects|
|Tub||Consonance by Kohler|
|Vanity||Custom Corian one-piece counter and basin in Glacier White and stained ipê|
|Faucets||Axor Starck in chrome by Hansgrohe|
|Shower enclosure||Frameless frosted glass from RB Wyatt|
|Flooring||White frosted back-painted glass from Manhattan Shade & Glass Company (bathroom); stained ipê (bedroom and wardrobe)|
|Wall coverings||White Grosso Terra Venetian plaster; white frosted back-painted glass|
|Accessories||Xeno by Samuel Heath|