City Modern Spotlight: Skyhouse

I’ve got such a design crush on Ghislaine Vinas. Part 1 of my dream is to work on one of her project. Part 2 is to have her design my own home.  I just love her sense of color and modern design. This next spotilght project which is on the House Tour this week during City Modern is another of my favorites.


Architect: David Hotson_Architect

Interior Design: Ghislaine Viñas

SKYHOUSE SLIDE Photo by Eric Laignel

David Hotson:

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.


Ghislaine Vinas:

Dutch designer Ghislaine Vinas was heavily influenced by her heritage as well as her upbringing in South Africa. Vinas 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.

 SKYHOUSE Photo by Eric Laignel

Project Description:

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, with climbing column, and for an equally dizzying descent, an eighty-foot long mirror-polished stainless steel slide was installed which sweeps down over bedrooms, through interior windows, ending in 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, through cleverly-place peep holes and skylights. The result is a home of color and whimsy, breathtaking spatial experiences that will wow every visitor.