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A festival celebrating New York’s modern design with tours of the city’s most coveted interiors
September 27–October 4, 2013
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Occupying a previously vacant four-story penthouse at the summit of one of the oldest surviving skyscrapers in New York City, the SkyHouse project by architect David Hotson and interior designer Ghislaine Viñas is a breathtaking contemporary home in the sky.

The property, constructed in 1895 as the skyscraper's ornamental crown, had never been used as a residence and had no services other than an industrial gas heater and a minimal bathroom. But Hotson and Viñas recognized the extraordinary opportunity that this 6,600-square-foot of raw space presented. With the imaginative participation of a fully engaged client, Hotson restructured the penthouse into four levels and inserted a faceted stairwell with glass bridges, illuminated by skylights. The north end of the penthouse was opened to create a four-story-tall living space, within which an original riveted steel column fitted with climbing holds for anyone intrepid enough to scale the entire fifty-foot height rises through the center of the room. For an equally dizzying descent, an eighty-foot long mirror-polished stainless steel slide was installed at the opposite end of the residence; the slide sweeps down over bedrooms, through interior windows, and out over the stairway before flaring out to create a warped partition between the media room and the entry gallery.

Viñas' incandescent colors, startling over-scaled floral patterns, tongue-in-cheek lighting fixtures, and sly pop-cultural references create a playful and lighthearted foil to the vertiginous architecture. Hotson cleverly frames the views of the iconic buildings and bridges of the surrounding cityscape at a range of scales, from a peephole in the guest bedroom shower that captures the glow of the Chrysler Building to the dramatic skylight in the private elevator vestibule which frames the top of the new Beekman Tower by Frank Gehry. The result is a home of vivid contradictions and breathtaking spatial experiences, combining rigor and whimsy, the precise and the playful, the domestic and the surreal.

David Hotson
David Hotson_Architect

In 1991, architect David Hotson moved to New York City and established his practice. He spent much of his early career collaborating with his Yale University School of Architecture classmates, particularly Maya Lin, on a series of projects. Today the office has developed an extensive track record of global projects in association with artists, designers, and architects including David Adjaye, Santiago Calatrava, Hayaki Kita, and Ricardo Legorreta. Among these international collaborations was the renovation of the Offices of the Secretary General of the United Nations, for which David Hotson was the executive architect.

Interior Designer
Ghislaine Viñas
Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Dutch designer Ghislaine Viñas was heavily influenced by her heritage as well as her upbringing in South Africa. Viñas and her team thrive on collaboration and although the backbone of their work is a strong clean refreshing look, they dare to go "off roading" by experimenting with and exploring many areas of design. Known for her flair for color, she has been awarded the Interior Design Merit Award for "Best of Year" in the residential category in 2007, 2008, and 2011 and won Interior Design "Best of Year" award in 2010.

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes and tour New York’s most coveted interiors.



See the Homes:

Saturday: Manhattan
14th Street Loft
Fractal Pad
Lafayette Townhouse
Meatpacking Loft

Sunday: Brooklyn
Dean Street Townhouse
Flavor Paper Pad
Pacific Street Trio
Salle Residence
State Street Townhouse

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Enjoy access to ALL CITY MODERN events including:
• Meet the Architects event
• Manhattan Home Tours
• Brooklyn Home Tours
• ALL panel discussion throughout the week

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Enjoy access to ALL PANEL DISCUSSIONS during the city modern week, from September 27 through October 4.

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