The Australian client based in New York City fell in love with this 1.86 acre wooded property as it reminded her of home. The connection of the house to the landscape and the indoor/outdoor living with the large wrap around deck had a distinctive Australian feel.
This simple A-framed house, circa 1980, had good bones. However, this gut renovation allowed for a redesign of each bedroom and bathroom in order to maximize the space by adding logic and simplicity. A large skylight was inserted along the ridge of the house flooding the living space and kitchen with light all day long. A slot window in the master bedroom was added to capture the morning light and sky views whilst soaking in the new freestanding tub.
Conducive to the barefoot lifestyle of this beach house the palette consisted of fresh whites with accents of black through the fixtures and lighting. The minimal and clean space allowed for pops of color through the furniture and artwork. New extra wide floors boards of local douglas fir were bleached and finished with a white wash. The beautiful vertical grain of the floor became a complimentary texture to the otherwise simplistic white backdrop.
Apart from being a summer residence, the client had the vision of hosting yoga retreats. Therefore the basement was transformed from a dark and damp pool table room to an open plan bedroom/living space adjacent to a spacious bathroom with a view of the trees. The client’s passion for healthy cooking was pivotal in the design of the kitchen as an approachable space for teaching guests as well as the ideal kitchen for entertaining.
The brief began with the need to house a large designer shoe collection worthy of attention. The master bedroom of this Soho penthouse, in a landmarked artists building, was large enough to add a generous walk-in wardrobe. It was important to keep the bedroom feeling spacious. The solution was to add a freestanding mirror box around the wardrobe which not only reflects the light and space but allowed the existing wood rafters to continue.
A modern built-in desk with floating shelves was added to the guest bedroom/office allowing personal items to be put away safely and neatly when guests stay.
Custom-made blackened steel pulls were designed for the existing kitchen as a simple solution to replace old ones. A cost-effective way of updating the look.
This box of handmade books filled with objects was part of group exhibition by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien for the Venice Biennale 2013.
'The twelve objects displayed in this box are a daily presence in my life, either sitting on my desk or lying around the studio. A few are relics of my past, while others are actual artifacts salvaged from project sites. Still others are representative of the materials that inspire and color my work. Each has nurtured my imagination and influenced my creative process. The act of selecting objects for the Biennale installation has reinforced the presence of these objects, which in many cases have become such a part of my every day that they have faded into the background.
These objects were situated into carved voids hollowed from the pages of hand-bound books, each assembled from collected drawings, sketches, documents, correspondence, and all sorts of work on paper foraged from the office recycling and storage bins. This paper, full of mundane facts and inspired ideas, is the studio's common ground. The objects are thus housed in the detritus of the work they inspired. Taken together, they are windows into the everyday life of the studio at work.' - Matthew Baird.
Photography _ Maria Milans del Bosch
Theater _ 'The Kitchen'
Chelsea, New York City
'The Kitchen is one of New York City's oldest nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines.'
After their lobby was flooded and destroyed by the superstorm Sandy of 2012, Matthew Baird Architects designed a water-resistant space with raw steel clad walls that would tarnish and gain character over time.