NEUMANN MONSON ARCHITECTS

Light and Dark

This 3,800-sf residence, which occupies the top floor of a converted historic urban warehouse, balances the duality of the clients’ public and private lives through processional layout and spatial contrast. The design assigns bright, open social spaces to the perimeter and encloses private areas with dark tones and rich materiality. The juxtaposition echoes the compelling contrasts in the clients’ extensive calligraphic art collection.

Entering the residence, daylight draws one through a compressed, enveloping vestibule out into the living area. The airy communal space wraps the warehouse’s northwest corner, maximizing natural light and an expansive panorama. Dark-stained oak piers cordon off its ends to provide enclosure and reserve views for the master bedroom and study, respectively.

Support spaces can be found in the interior of the unit, where lowered ceilings enhance experiential intimacy. Floors are radiant, polished concrete. Bathrooms are finished in marble slabs, marble penny tile, and pickled white oak. Lending pragmatic logic to an experientially-driven layout, low ceilings coincide with a dense network of existing duct banks, conduit runs, sprinkler pipes, and roof drains.

Project Type

Residential

Location

Des Moines, Iowa

Size

3,800 SF (renovated)

Completed

2016