This condominium is located on the second to last floor of a 40 story high-rise building. It is spread out over the entire floor so it has views in all four directions thus capturing the morning and evening sunrises and sunsets as well as the beauty of the downtown skyline. The concept of the unit was to place an authentic Renaissance palazzo into the shell of a modern structure. The formal plan, the finishes and all of the furnishings reflect a 15th century elegant dwelling.
The formal areas are prefaced with open groin vaulted arched areas that can easily be set up with dining tables during a large party. The Living Room, Library, Bar, Billiard Room and Family Room/Dining all surround the Renaissance ‘cloister.’ Limestone and marble floor patterns and carved Corinthian marble columns lead the visitor into the public spaces. The master bedroom and the other three bedrooms, each with its own original ‘antique’ bath, encircle the other end of the space. In the core are laundry rooms, utility room and His and Her separate Powder Rooms. The unit is lighted with dimmable down lighting and vintage decorative light fixtures in order to simulate the light of that time. To maintain the authenticity of the unit, the stone vanities, and the stone fireplace surrounds, the carpets and wood floors were custom designed to replicate the Renaissance theme. Access to the service corridor of the high-rise building is provided through a hidden door from the main Gallery and it is conveniently located near the Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry.
This unit has programmable lighting, music, automatic roll-up window shades and other systems connected to a smart home network. The four balconies continue the look of the rooms opening out onto them and represent typical Florentine gardens with fountains, stone paving and lush greenery. The owners were profoundly happy with their highly custom and authentic urban house set up in the sky above a big city.
L. Barry Davidson Architects was the architect and co-interior designer on this house.