Residential

  • 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

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  • Choreographed Luxury

    The Fall will be here before we know it, and with it, the New York Junior League’s Fall House Tour. Last spring, I took them to the Littman Penthouse, warmly touted as “Best in Show”.

     

    Robert D. Henry, http://rdh-architects.com, discusses the design elements in the loft style home of Luda ContiThis season, I’m inviting them to the loft of Luda Conti. Luda is a multi- talented woman; a successful spa owner, a professional ballroom dancer, and a beauty and wellness diva. We previously designed her signature Avanti Spa and Salon in Manalapan, New Jersey voted Salon of the Year in 2009 by Salon Today magazine.

    Now we finally had a chance to work with Luda on her own personal residence.  The apartment is in the financial district with views of the Statue of Liberty along the Hudson River, and is an extension of her very social and stylish lifestyle. A keyed elevator opens to her own 3,000 SF floor within the loft apartment building.

    Robert D. Henry, http://rdh-architects.com, discusses the design elements in the loft style home of Luda Conti

     

    Coming off the elevator, you proceed down a long gallery hall with a view to the open kitchen. A dramatic 20’ custom designed crystal chandelier stretches over a white marble prep island + communal dining table, which visually terminates on a white baby grand piano.

     

     

     

    Robert D. Henry, http://rdh-architects.com, discusses the design elements in the loft style home of Luda Conti

     

     

    You are welcomed into a large entertainment area,enveloped in long metallic backlit silver draperies, which create a dance performance space around the piano. Lounge seating showcases the veiled city views where white leather couches with dark brown saddle stitching, compliment the dark brown wood floor.

     

     

     

    While the public domain is enveloped in a white shell with brown leather seating and dark brown floors, the master bedroom suite reverses this concept.  The walls, ceiling and floor are all rich chocolate brown with white textured mink bedding. A large translucent sliding glass panel separates a personal spa from the master bedroom suite; it contains a couple’s tub, an experiential shower and two sculptural sinks. The “cocooning” intimate master bedroom suite is a perfect counterpoint to the “very grand” white living room, and that counterpoint is very much a reflection of its owner.

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

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  • Bringing Balance to Your Life

    Triggering the 5 Senses in Your Home

     

    Robert Henry Architects -  Bringing Balance to Your LifeI think there is a real synergy between the current high tech, high touch condition of our lives, which are so intensified by the new technology and our need to still search out and look for the aspects that make us human. We design a lot of spas and wellness projects with relaxed and regenerative environments that counter people’s stressful nanosecond driven day.   People visiting these projects ask, “How can I incorporate that into my daily existence? Could I bring that to my home?” The answer is yes.

     

    There are two ways to accomplish this; building an in-home spa as part of the master bedroom suite, or introducing simple spa elements to your existing master bath. We are doing several projects where the home becomes a sanctuary bringing peace of mind.

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