A New Design for Urban Home/ Office

Renovated Interior of Charlestown Navy Yard Condominium - Home Office/ Workspace of the Architect - Multi-use Overlays of Media/ Entertainment/ Office and Living Space


Navy Yard - Media/ Tech Interior Renovation

A New Design for the Urban Home/ Office

A Media-Tech Renovation: Designed as a home/office for an architect.

The focus of this Charlestown Navy Yard condominium renovation is on communication and entertainment media technology.

•A compact 650sf, 1 bedroom unit required a flexible overlap of function out of necessity. Pockets of space transform themselves from work, to recreation, to entertainment.

•The walls and ceiling of this Navy Yard condominium are painted dark charcoal, cutting glare and focusing on the media -  creating a new kind of dramatic space.

•The high-tech fit & feel of the fixtures & furnishings adds to this modern complement of media technology. Precise kitchen & bath cabinets by Arclinea and edgy fixtures by Philippe Starck complement the latest computer workstations.

•Outfitted w/ wide screen TVs, theater surround sound, multiple computer work stations - jacks, pods and modems dispersed throughout the unit link to broadband feeds.

•Drywall ceilings were dropped below the existing exposed concrete ceilings to house low profile HIDs. Task lighting along with dramatic LEDs enhance and vary service, function and drama. A strip of track lighting set on an oval track joins the kitchen to the living space. All lighting is controlled by dimmer panels.

•Natural sunlight floods the room, from an open southern & western exposure when desired. Charcoal colored roller screen permit vision while controlling glare.

Collections & Industrial Design

•A fascination with industrial design has led the architect to collect pieces like Starck’s Hot Bertaa kettle (1990-91), produced by Alessi; Global’s knife set, and Swid Powell-architect designed dinner plates. These iconic pieces have become, to some extent, the art of the space.

Venetian Plaster:

Although the overall tone is media-dark, pockets of color attach themselves to the main room. The walls of the kitchen and the bath areas are a rich chartreuse pigmented Venetian plaster. The walls were painted with a basic green- yellow flat paint. Then intense pigment was mixed with white plaster. This new media was trowelled on by a specialist. A process of light sanding and skim coating finished this soft, multi-hued, textured plaster application. But, in the case of the kitchen a further step was added. Automobile paste wax was applied to the surface and buffed out with power tools to a gloss finish.

Media/ coffee bar w/ built in Miele coffee-maker.

Chartreuse “venetian plaster” finish in bath & kitchen.