I design many residential spaces in NYC and the one thing they have had in common was spectacular city views. Living in an urban landscape like New York City, a fantastic view is a desired point on a wish list of an apartment or home buyer. This view does not come at a minimal cost but for those who are fortunate enough to afford such a luxury, this becomes an essential part of any space design or re-design. I consider the view as a piece of Art, that should be easily admired from any angle. This desired outcome can come with some challenges. How do I maximize a spectacular city, or river view so that from every angle in the space, every seat and every area the Client can fully bask in the beauty of their own personalized city view with a prime Vantage Point.
The definition of Vantage Point is: “A position that affords a broad overall view or perspective, as of a place or situation.” (Dictionary.com)
This is where the ability to see the “big picture” is utilized. I must survey every corner and seat in the space and determine what would be the best space layout for each room. What is the best view from every seat in the house . I must then determine the placement of the sofa, chairs and dining area furniture, bed and office layout. Lighting and object placement . I want my Client to be accessible to their views at any moment, to feel that harmony with the outside world and their personal view and bring some of the beauty and even serenity inside the home.
By photographing every vantage point in the house it is easier to understand and create the layout with the most maximized views. I like photographing my projects at every stage, this is crucial to the development of the space from construction site into a home.
There is also another challenge to creating the ideal “vantage point”, not having objects, chandeliers, or lighting obstruct or interrupt the view. Everything must work in Harmony to unify the space. Lighting should not be too obtrusive as to cover up the beautiful view. Objects or sculptures should be placed in positions where there is space for them to be admired but also not obstructing the view.
After an appropriate layout is designed and the furniture is placed in that layout now I have to sit in every seat and really get comfortable to see for myself how my Client’s will live and relax and entertain and enjoy living in their home. I should be able to see a wonderful cityscape from every direction, every chair and sofa and bed. When this works, I can be pleased that my Client will really have a Home, a place to live comfortably and functionally and enjoy their city views, always having the “best seat in the house”.
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