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Down by the river

Two adjoining condominiums are combined, creating a sensation of continuous space and taking advantage of expansive riverside views

view of the mahogany  flooring in the billiard room, ceiling, home, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, recreation room, room, window
view of the mahogany flooring in the billiard room

Structural challenges are common in remodeling projects especially if two apartments, divided by a thick wall, are to be combined.

This was one challenge facing architect Bruce Avandi, from McConnell+Partners Architecture, when meeting a request for views the full width of the resulting unit, along with two guest rooms and living areas to accommodate frequent entertaining.


view of the mahogany  flooring in the billiard room, ceiling, home, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, recreation room, room, window
view of the mahogany flooring in the billiard room

"The wall between the units was 16in thick, so only two modest openings were possible. Also, a forest of utility risers passing vertically through the eight foot ceiling could only be relocated with great difficulty," he says.

A sensation of continuous space was created with a large arched opening, disguising the concrete wall, while a curving shallow light trough follows the perimeter of the ceiling, relieving its lowness with gentle light. Relocating the kitchen and bathroom required rerouting some pipes, while disguising those serving tenants on lower floors. Despite building restrictions, all substantial work was completed in eight months.

view of the mahogany  flooring in the billiard room, ceiling, home, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, recreation room, room, window
view of the mahogany flooring in the billiard room

For more details, contact McConnell+Partners Architecture Inc, phone (617) 482 7500. Email: info@mcconnellarchitects.com. Website: www.mcconnellarchitects.com.

Story by: Trendsideas

30 Sep, 2005

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