Urban Townhouse - Baltimore
- Owner: Withheld
- Size: 4,800 SF
- Cost: Withheld
- Completion Date: 2008
The renovation and expansion of this single family townhome presented challenges of both physical and visual connection. At only 17 feet wide, yet with nearly 5,000 square feet of livable floor space, the difficultly lied mainly in the re-linking of spaces which had been divided into four separate apartments for many years. This notion, coupled with the desire to display the couple’s extensive collection of African and Russian art, helped establish a set of design guidelines.
The main livings spaces were first placed on a piano nobile, centering them in the house and allowing them access to auxiliary rooms. This central double-height space is flanked by a main stair and lighted feature wall, which hosts display to the client’s finest collected works. This central spine also forms a fluid vertical connection to the bookcase-enclosed first floor study and the primary suite on the upper level. The primary suite holds access to a bridge, which traverses the main living area and grants access to an exterior deck - the culmination of livable space.
As one circulates through the spaces, he or she continuously experiences new connections and views. Guests and owners can access any of these features quickly by means of an elevator that spans all 4 floors, with access to the garage at the rear of the property.