Residential

  • A Place to Rest and Rhumba

  • “Wellness Design” for Multi-Family Housing

    Wyndham Condominiums, Garden City NY.

    Wyndham Condominiums, Garden City NY.

    {3 minutes to read} Why are we integrating wellness-design for the multi-family housing sector?

     

    It’s not just about updating finishes today… Residents want “wellness” architecture and interior design that promote a healthier lifestyle. We are designing the amenity spaces for three notable 150+ unit buildings in the New York City area. The original purchasers were baby boomers, who are obsessed with quality of life and longevity, in addition to increasing the value of their real estate. This “personal sustainability positioning” (PSP) is very appealing to both younger and older purchasers alike. (more…)

  • The Growing Investment in Personal Health and Well Being

    We are finding that we are getting a lot of response from residential clients who have visited our spas, hotels and resorts and have had such a memorable experience that they’re asking us to design a spa inspired home for them. They are investing in their personal sustainability by integrating wellness into their own daily lives and creating home sanctuaries.

     

    Healthy Home – Part I

    Robert Henry, http://rdh-architects.com/, discusses the increase of health and wellness in architecture.

     

    We recently completed a home spa on the upper West Side of Manhattan for a client interested in creating a master bedroom suite in a healthy, nurturing environment.  Since she has asthma and allergies, we designed a 5’x 5’ experiential shower and steam room with a bench where she could sit and relax while inhaling curative steam. An experiential shower allows her to control multiple water jets from a rainwater shower head at the ceiling, and body sprays along each side.

     

    Robert Henry, http://rdh-architects.com/, discusses the increase of health and wellness in architecture.

     

    She also loves taking baths, so we integrated a steeping tub within the plan that allows her to soak up to her shoulders in water infused with restorative minerals and sea salts. She can recline and relax aching muscles within that deeper tub or pep up the water with invigorating eucalyptus or pine infusions. This bathing area opens up to the master bedroom with wrap around views to the city beyond.

     

     

    Robert Henry, http://rdh-architects.com/, discusses the increase of health and wellness in architecture.

    As part of her master bedroom, we incorporated a very large library and reading area connecting to an outdoor deck and terrace. We surrounded her with what she loves- books and art that nurture her mind and soul. We have motorized shades and sheers that provide a complete blackout to ensure a good night’s sleep. About one in three New Yorkers have sleep issues so, we carefully orchestrated her bedroom to provide the utmost in sleep hygiene eliminating even small LED “on” lights, even alarm clock lighting was diffused ensuring a higher quality of life.

     

    In our next blog, we will discuss another design project that emphasizes the benefits of integrating health and wellness elements into a home.

     

    Are you incorporating elements in your home to increase your health and wellness?

     

    Robert Henry
    roberthenry@rdh-architects.com
    www.rdh-architects.com
    212.533.4145

  • The Spa House – – Water, Light, Peace, Tranquility

    While doing a medical spa facility, for a couple in Orlando, Florida, they became so interested and excited about the building we were doing, that they asked us to design their house around some of the same wellness principles.  What they wanted from us was an eco sensitive design, that would integrate a higher recognition and involvement of fitness and nutrition.  They wanted a home that would help them lead a healthier lifestyle.

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  • City Chic – Make an Appointment, Dear!

    Where does a mother of three and grandmother of six go to escape, relax, and refresh?  New York City, of course. Barbara Littman, who is a well known interior designer, did just that, purchasing a 2,400-square-foot penthouse apartment in the Chelsea area. She wanted a bright, modern space with a purity of line where she could display and enjoy the furniture and artwork she had been collecting for years.

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    When I first visited the apartment, I was struck by the amount of light provided by the wrap around windows, and the very beautiful rooftop terrace that overlooks the City.  With the design, we tried to reinforce these positive attributes and developed the Loft around this very simple concept: “Entry, Path + Goal.”

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    As you open the front door, you are greeted by a runway that terminates in a dramatic monolithic stair that welcomes you up to the magical rooftop terrace and sculpture garden beyond.  On one side of that runway is the public area and the other is the more private domain, this hallway is the big statement that defines the whole project.

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    Barbara’s color scheme leans toward neutrals of grey, white and black, but we were able to convince her to bring a little color into her private pied-a-terre.  The long wall running the length of the hallway is painted in a sunburst yellow, reflecting the bright, intense, energetic light that drew her to this apartment in the first place.

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    Renovated to celebrate her passions, this is Barbara’s private domain, which she thoroughly enjoys.  How private?  When her husband wants to drop by with his friends to play cards, or even come in to have lunch with her, he has to call and make an appointment first.  This beautiful penthouse apartment is indeed her escape.

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    Robert Henry
    roberthenry@rdh-architects.com
    www.rdh-architects.com
    212.533.4145