David Hotson’s Sky House in Manhattan: Architectural feast!
The Sky House project and design by architect David Hotson is certainly one of the most amazing contemporary architectural realization within a city and a tour de force: this 4 levels private penthouse was constructed within a previously unoccupied four-story structure at the summit of one of the earliest surviving skyscrapers in New York City. David Hotson’s position was to preserve and incorporate the 19th century industrial structure at its best hence the original riveted steel beams, idiosyncratic steel connections, and longitudinal steel truss supporting the roof ridge -among the earliest structural steel used in skyscraper construction in New York- figure prominently in the renovated penthouse. The enormous hipped roof, the massive masonry arches spanning the main level windows, the projecting copper dormers, and the intimate ocular windows at the attic level also contribute to the dialogue between the handsome traditional envelope and the startlingly contemporary interior
The project involved the construction of a set of unique living spaces inside a decorative penthouse structure which had never before been used as a residence. Built on 4 levels this incredible residence has the most dramatic views on the city scape and skyline through it ascend and descend structure giving a result of a suspended living space.