When the would-be owners of this Rittenhouse condo were house-hunting, they knew exactly what they didn’t want: a cold, modern high-rise unit that felt more hotel than home. “That’s what they were moving from,” explains Vivian Su, of Spring Garden-based architecture and design firm Rasmussen/Su. “They wanted a place that would feel more neighborhood-y — more casual and relaxing.”
The solution: a fourth-floor penthouse tucked inside a beautifully restored brownstone. It was on a quiet residential street near the hustle and bustle but not in the thick of it, and the completely raw space could be customized to their needs.
Su and her partner, Kevin Rasmussen, got to work, creating a two-bed, 2.5-bath unit with light-flooded living and bedroom spaces at the back and front of the home and a central core that includes closets, laundry facilities, a wine room, even an elevator. The designers chose natural materials, including reclaimed wood and limestone tile, to give the space an earthy feel, and kept some of the original industrial elements visible, like steel ceiling beams, for a loft-like touch.
The result is a space that’s refined yet comfortable, modern yet warm, sophisticated yet accessible — and, most importantly, nothing like a hotel.
Published as “Habitat: Character Study” in the August 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine.