The Sturgis

Greenwich, New York
Interior Design
Photographer
  • John B. Carnett
Location
  • Greenwich, New York
  • Year
  • 2017
  • How do you make a 160-square-foot retreat feel like a splurge rather than a sacrifice? Don't skimp on the comforts. In Cubist Engineering's The Sturgis, a pre-fab guest suite built entirely out of 3-inch thick cross-laminated-timber panels, that means none of the typical "tiny space" corner cutting.

    The sofa, which faces the 8-foot square picture window, is a two-piece modular Retro Tillary from West Elm. The queen-size bed with a Tuft & Needle mattress nestles against the ceiling during the day—freeing up valuable floor and wall space—and glides down gently with a push of a button at night. Behind a half-inch thick frosted glass wall is the spa bath, with a dual-flush Kohler toilet, Sant'Agostino Blendart ceramic tiles, and a shower that converts from indoor to outdoor by swinging open a garapa door onto an outer deck. The Fisher-Paykel induction cooktop, Summit under-counter refrigerator and extra deep Kraus sink fill out the kitchen.

    "So many small spaces feel cramped and stiff," says Cubist co-founder Mike Haney. "We just insisted that no matter where you stand or sit in The Sturgis, it felt warm and inviting—like a place you didn't want to leave."

    The namesake comes from the building's "obsession space:" four feet at one end designed to house whatever its owner absolutely must have for the ideal weekend away. The room could be a wine cellar, a bike room or a motorcycle garage with its own remote-control gullwing door and reinforced steel floor with hidden in-floor storage.

    "Even the nicest room could be anybody's room," Haney says. "But a room where I get to sit on my couch and stare at my LED-uplit 1969 Moto Guzzi through a gallery window—that's MY room."

    Like all Cubist Engineering small spaces, The Sturgis sits on a custom engineered hot-dipped galvanized steel sub-frame that serves as both its own trailer for easy movement, or with its removable axles and tongue taken off, a permanent foundation that requires no additional site prep. This means The Sturgis can be installed without a crane or big crew, and can then blend seamlessly into its surroundings.

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    Modern home with Wood Counter, Wood Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Subway Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Floor Lighting, Refrigerator, Cooktops, Undermount Sink, Open Shower, Enclosed Shower, and Kitchen. Behind a half-inch of sliding frosted glass sits The Sturgis's spa-like bathroom, with a Kohler toilet, Blendart ceramic tile and an indoor/outdoor rainshower. Photo  of The Sturgis

    Behind a half-inch of sliding frosted glass sits The Sturgis's spa-like bathroom, with a Kohler toilet, Blendart ceramic tile and an indoor/outdoor rainshower.

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Wood Siding Material, and Green Roof Material. A gullwing door opens to The Sturgis's "obsession space"—a room that can be configured to house whatever the owner can't live without, whether that's a wine collection, mountain bike or motorcycle. Photo 2 of The Sturgis

    A gullwing door opens to The Sturgis's "obsession space"—a room that can be configured to house whatever the owner can't live without, whether that's a wine collection, mountain bike or motorcycle.

    Modern home with Living Room, Accent Lighting, Sofa, Coffee Tables, and Light Hardwood Floor. The queen-size bed nests in the ceiling, dropped at night with a switch in the kitchen, till it sits just above the West Elm sofa and modular walnut coffee tables. Photo 3 of The Sturgis

    The queen-size bed nests in the ceiling, dropped at night with a switch in the kitchen, till it sits just above the West Elm sofa and modular walnut coffee tables.

    Modern home with Wood Siding Material, Green Roof Material, House, and Exterior. The Sturgis sits on a custom galvanized steel foundation with removable wheels and hitch, so it can be easily transported to site and then dropped directly on the ground, removing the need for a crane or big crew. The modular aluminum and garapa deck can be expanded or reconfigured with just two people. Photo 4 of The Sturgis

    The Sturgis sits on a custom galvanized steel foundation with removable wheels and hitch, so it can be easily transported to site and then dropped directly on the ground, removing the need for a crane or big crew. The modular aluminum and garapa deck can be expanded or reconfigured with just two people.

    Modern home with Exterior and Wood Siding Material. The Sturgis's walls, floor and ceiling are all cross-laminated timber panels—3.25-inch thick sheets of douglas fir, manufactured in Montana and assembled at the Cubist Engineering shop. The box's air-tight construction and passive solar gain through the large windows means most climates need no additional insulation.  Photo 5 of The Sturgis

    The Sturgis's walls, floor and ceiling are all cross-laminated timber panels—3.25-inch thick sheets of douglas fir, manufactured in Montana and assembled at the Cubist Engineering shop. The box's air-tight construction and passive solar gain through the large windows means most climates need no additional insulation.

    Among the configurations available for the "obsession space" in The Sturgis is a motorcycle garage with a gallery window wall into the space. LED uplights treat the bike as a museum piece. Photo 6 of The Sturgis modern home

    Among the configurations available for the "obsession space" in The Sturgis is a motorcycle garage with a gallery window wall into the space. LED uplights treat the bike as a museum piece.

    The exterior of The Sturgis's cross-laminated-timber panel walls sports a rain screen and shou sugi ban cypress siding. The flat roof is engineered to a 150lb/sq ft live load and is covered in multiple layers of fiberglass for the ultimate weather protection. Photo 7 of The Sturgis modern home

    The exterior of The Sturgis's cross-laminated-timber panel walls sports a rain screen and shou sugi ban cypress siding. The flat roof is engineered to a 150lb/sq ft live load and is covered in multiple layers of fiberglass for the ultimate weather protection.