Maho Abe, of the Boston-based architectural firm Zen Associates, renovated a 5,000-square-foot apartment inhabiting two floors of the Burrage Mansion in Boston.
The lower-floor entrance leads into the living area, where a mobile wall creates either a tight entrance space or an open living area. The fireplace, at rear, is set into a backlighted onyx wall.
The sofa in the living area was placed where the client can best listen to his music. Two Nudes, late 1906 by Marc Leavitt hangs on the wall at right. “We devised a system of steel guide runs around the apartment, so the owner can hang and rehang his ever-changing art collection from fishing line,” notes Abe.
The kitchen is located on the lower floor between the dining and living areas. “He wanted an all-stainless-steel kitchen,” says Abe, who took its industrial aesthetic further by using impermeable-concrete countertops.
A maple staircase appears to float in its stairwell—the result of a transparent mesh wall conceived to visually expand the narrow corridor.
Cathedral ceilings in the family room provide another element of spaciousness in the apartment. For Jean-Paul, 1989, by Keith Haring is displayed in the adjoining guest room. Its ceiling-height door usually remains open, as the space was ultimately designed to be an extension of the family room.
In the master bedroom, the owner “asked for an oversize bed under an oversize skylight but insisted on sleeping in a dark room. So we installed blackout shades that cross horizontally under the skylight,” says Abe.
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