Deborah Berke Partners is a New York-based architecture practice that, for over thirty years, has made true-to-place projects around the country and the world. Each member of their design leadership possesses a deep and distinct area of expertise; together they create projects with unprecedented programs and unexpected architectural expression. Over time, they have built a wide range of experience in projects for colleges and universities, cultural institutions, private residences, boutique hotels, office and multifamily developments, and buildings for mission-driven clients.
New England Guest Pavillion
Inspired by the classic modernism of New England, particularly the work of the Harvard Five, this simple guest pavilion is designed to take in views of a pond on the eight-acre property. A muted grey brick facade greets visitors with overlapping planes that create an intriguing oblique entrance. Inside, the expansive view is revealed through floor-to-ceiling sliding window walls with ultra-thin profiles. The open kitchen and living area are ideal for entertaining. The interiors are kept deliberately spare with rich, precisely detailed materials, including walnut panels on all the walls, white statuary marble in the kitchen and fireplaces, and roman travertine in the master bathroom. Furnishings are similarly understated classic modern pieces.
North Penn House
This new 3,500 square foot house is defined by the juxtaposition of its horizontal planes with the dramatic topography of the wooded site, including a sloping landscape at the rear of the house down to a meadow below. A long roof with big overhangs, tall sliding glass doors, and Indiana limestone floors, which extend out to terraces, connect the indoors to the outdoors: the changing seasons become a vibrant backdrop to everyday life. Zinc panels and mahogany doors and windows combine with the light grey pavers in a modern, yet warm palette of materials.
High Line Office
Deborah Berke Partners were asked to transform a raw, full-floor space in a building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District for a New York-based company. They sought an office that included both collaborative workstations and private rooms. They designed custom workstations that encourage communication and integrate living plant systems, pointing to the company’s commitment to the environment. A series of discrete sliding doors allows for private meetings within the open-plan space. Polished concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling windows frame sweeping views of the city and bring a sense of refined professionalism to the entire office.
Pilgrim Road House
Deborah Berke Partners designed the complete renovation and in addition to this Milton Klein-designed 1960s house. Their two-story addition was pivotal in reimagining the cramped quarters of the interior spaces, and mahogany siding added a warm contrast to the existing stucco facade. To create a loft-like interior, they defined spaces with sculptural elements such as a free-standing rosewood closet in the entry and an acid-etched glass panel in the eat-in kitchen. Large-span ribbon windows and the continuation of light grey limestone from the living areas onto the terrace reinforce the connection between the house and the surrounding landscape.
The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation’s mission is to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone. Their new office offers warmth and welcomes to their partners and grantees, and it advances the close and collaborative work that is fundamental to their approach and ethos.
East End Compound
Deborah Berke Partners designed this Hamptons compound when the property’s existing, beloved Norman Jaffe house no longer fit the client’s needs. They began by designing a master plan for the 7.6-acre site for a series of buildings, varied in scale and use, that prioritize connecting with the land. Within this master plan, they designed five compact, strategically placed new buildings – the Main House, North House, Pool Pavilion, Greenhouse, and Cottage.
Their warm modernism complements the Jaffe house, which they renovated and moved to another area on the property. The Main House demonstrates strategies used throughout to achieve aesthetic and environmental goals. The flat roof is an anchor for solar panels and begins a design language of horizontal and vertical planes. Canopies extending over outdoor spaces reference the roof gesture. They also diminish glare on the floor-to-ceiling windows, which illuminate the interiors with natural light.
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The Colombia armchair, inspired by its coffee taste, breathes comfort and elegance into any living room design. Made from boucle fabric and dark bronze matte, this armchair will bring that serene atmosphere we often associate with minimal interiors. Take a moment for yourself and enjoy the simplest things in life with the Colombia armchair!
DAN FINK, THE MODERN AMERICAN LIVING DESIGNER
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