ZH was retained to assist the Owner in combining a full floor apartment and wrap around terrace with a smaller unit on the floor below. The goal was to create a elegant and unified space that took full advantage of the light and views the terrace provided. The location of the stair was critical in the design process as it would be the organizing element of the remainder of the client’s new program which included a media room, bar, and gym.
ZH began this investigation by first coordinating with a structural engineer to identify possible stair locations and later with the client to determined which location provided the best layout for the duplex. The stair ultimately was located to allow light and views of the terrace to infiltrate the lower floor and to provide a strong connection between the living and dining spaces on the 6th floor to the media room on the 5th floor. Due to the prominent position of the stair, ZH chose to design it a sculptural element to be viewed from all angles. The walnut clad stair was surrounded by a walkable glass landing to further amplify the light and views between floors. The cabinetry in the media room incorporated a bar, extensive record collection and turntable, fireplace and large format TV. It was designed with the ability to be closed up into a crisp clean elevation when the various components were not in use.
On the terrace and in collaboration with a landscape architect, ZH helped design a series of programmed spaces, defined with hard-scape elements and plantings. Beginning with the most social and public space, the grilling and dining are was located off the kitchen, as the terrace wraps the corner the spaces become increasingly more intimate and end with a quiet sitting area off the master bedroom.