Downtown Condo

2011 Pittsburgh Magazine Home of the Year Award Honorable Mention

This large footprint 17th floor condo was spacious, but nondescript. Its best feature was a wide view of the Monongahela River, punctuated with bridges against a backdrop of tree-covered hillside. Our challenge was to create a series of defined, but interconnected spaces that made the most of these tremendous views and abundant natural light. Core rooms without windows are illuminated by transoms and three-quarter high walls.

The main living space is anchored by a kitchen at one end that features dark cherry cabinets with stone and glass countertops. These materials are contrasted with stainless steel appliances and accents. The room's perimeter is delineated by matching wood window seats that provide storage as well as seating. This outline of built-ins and a freestanding fireplace allows for multiple furniture arrangements within the larger room.

The condo's material palette includes a variety of stained and painted wood finishes, contrasting light and dark wall colors, glass and porcelain tiles, stone, bright chrome and painted glass.

Location: Downtown Pittsburgh
Size: 2,200 SF
Completion Date: 2009