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Stairway to Heaven

Tammy Massey . architect

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

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Stairway to Heaven

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1,800 sq. feet


  • Tammy Massey




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Project Description Ideally located at the heart of Seaside's Ruskin Place , Stairway to Heaven is the consummate New Urban residence. Stairway to Heaven is a child of the Bauhaus, the most influential modern art school of the 20th century. According to Bauhaus principles, materials should be used in the simplest and most honest form. With my combined professional backgrounds in architecture and interior design, I possessed the knowledge and background to understand how to symbiotically mould both design conventions into one cohesive, soothingly spirited and poetically classic modern sanctuary. The first floor comprises one large room and one intimate room that share a bath and convenience bar. The spaces can easily be transformed to accommodate various functions and needs. The entire north wall of the first floor was recently painted in situ with an original work by Justin Lyons. The transformational focus was on staying sensitive to and complementing the internal altering light patterns, the sculpted architectural elements, the play of layered proportions and views with respect to the essence of internationally classic modernism. Overall color tone and scheme inspirations were drawn from the soft and subtle sepia tones of the quadriptych vintage photo and the melon tones of the exterior steel structural elements. The dynamic yet meditative second-level living/kitchen/dining spaces are introspectively seductive, sharing homage to classic modern furniture designers with Breuer’s Wassily Chairs,  the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman and Saarinen’s molded shell Tulip Chairs. Bright, playful energy and pure happiness reek throughout the ground level, celebrating the unique opportunity of being transformed into an artistic retail or studio venue. The master bedroom is the ultimate enclave of 1950s “posh modern,” pulling hue tones from our alluring and sparkling Gulf waters.
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