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fashionable streets that are reminiscent
of London’s West End. This heritage,
however, posed obstacles in the building
process. “It took almost a year to get all our
permits and approval from the Landmarks
Preservation Commission to add a full
penthouse,” says Ulises. “Second to that,
keeping the front facade intact while
rebuilding the whole house was more
difficult than tearing the whole thing down
and starting from scratch.”
Ulises kicked off the project by
suggesting an entire top floor be added.
At 57.6sqm, this new storey solved the
previously problematic division
of space between the two dwellings –
the lower abode of which is home to
Ulises’ brother-in-law. However, the
building’s deterioration meant instilling
a complete steel frame structure and
investing in new electrical, plumbing
and HVAC systems first.
With the structural bones cultivated,
the design then saw an open-plan kitchen/
dining/living space, a TV room, office,
three bedrooms and three-and-a-half
bathrooms designed into the shell.
05. This child’s bedroom offsets clean simplicity with strategic
splashes of colour.
06. Stainless steel and glass shelving by Rimadesio provide a
hard-lined backdrop for the curves of the Vittorio Bonacina
armchairs and the glow of the light fixtures by Ingo Maurer.
07. A white chair by De Sede rests in the corner of the master
bedroom, with a wall installation over the bed by artist
Emilio Garcia. Garcia sculpted the elements from a type
of resin used to make car dashboards.
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