High-Rise Apartment

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Twenty-first century Boston is home to a new wave of residents of every age and background moving to luxury apartments high above the city. While the needs of each owner are unique, there is generally a common design imperative – fewer enclosing walls to block views, consistent, harmonious finishes throughout, a more open, often larger and more “lux” kitchen, and a bedroom suite with sumptuous closets and a bath that feels like a day at a spa. The architect’s challenges are to achieve those goals in a space that can’t be expanded, with plumbing that often can’t be moved, and ceilings that are almost always a bit lower than anyone would prefer. Here, the first order of business was to remove layers of added fake columns, floating crown moldings and other previous attempts to impart a high-end feeling through the addition of poorly proportioned and misunderstood “details”. The existing wood floor was simplified in some areas, expanded into others, and refinished with a soft, matte tone that would set the stage for calm natural materials throughout. A new kitchen was designed with fully custom cabinetry, matte grey granite counters, and carefully integrated appliances and fittings so that it could confidently be viewed and experienced from the adjacent living and dining areas. Ruhl Walker mixed new furniture with some selections from the owner’s previous house, with more editing and refining to come as the owners happily settle in to their new downtown life. Photography: Michael Lee Photography

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Ruhl Walker Architects For over 20 years we have committed ourselves to creating architecture of all types and sizes for clients not only throughout New England but as far afield as Hawai’i and St. Croix in the USVI. Natural materials, expressive forms, and meticulous attention to light and views have been at the core of our practice and are manifest in our projects regardless of their context. Common to our design process is a commitment to clear and open communication, the careful management of resources, and a fundamental belief that innovative and coherent design is a joyous and essential component of the human experience. With each project we strive to demonstrate that inventive and elegant design is achievable, even within strict economic parameters, by respectfully listening and responding to the client’s needs and desires, thoroughly understanding the nature of materials and methods of construction, and carefully managing the design and construction processes. As part of our client-focused process we use a diverse set of design tools custom tailored to each client − from simple hand sketches to elaborate computer animations and rendered models − to ensure the spatial quality and experience of each project is thoroughly understood throughout the design process. Initiating a construction project can be a daunting prospect, but we pride ourselves on being there for our clients at every step of the way, from helping to identify goals at the beginning of the project, to turning over the keys at the end of construction. We look forward to bringing the joy and excitement of innovative and coherent modern design to your project.
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