Sheila Narusawa Architects

Sheila Narusawa Architects

Services:

  • Architecture
  • Furniture Design
  • Interior Design

Regions:

  • Boston & New England
  • New York City & Mid-Atlantic
  • United Kingdom

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine

The work of SNA focuses primarily on residential architecture, especially new construction. Underlying the design is a striving for an intentionality that is both felt at once and revealed over time. There is an interest in the integrity expressed when all parts of the design [including landscape and interiors] are considered essential to the whole and the richness expressed in the personal that is brave enough to depart from cliche. There is also an interest in the use of the humble; especially natural materials that are allowed to breathe and acquire a visible history.

Chelsea Loft, New York, NY, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

Chelsea Loft, New York, NY: The space in the renovation of this 2,000 SF loft was completely gutted and rebuilt to include 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living space and office space.Two main elements are used to separate public office space at the elevator [front] end from private living space while allowing for light transmission and flexibility of use - a freestanding wall opposite the elevator and sliding doors with etched glass.

Summer House on Cape Cod, Chatham, MA, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

Summer House on Cape Cod, Chatham, MA: Sited on a steeply sloped lot with severe ocean view easements and wetland setbacks from a freshwater pond, the program called for a 3,500 SF, 4-bedroom house with unattached garage. Fill was added to the site in order to achieve the simple and direct relationship to the ground that is typical of houses in the spare Cape landscape.

Summer House on Cape Cod, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

Summer House on Cape Cod Photo: Paul Warchol Photography

Summer House on Cape Cod, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

Summer House on Cape Cod Photo: Paul Warchol Photography

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine: The 3,000 SF, 3 bedroom house with artist’s studio is a single-gabled cross section, one room wide, that is extruded along a natural ridge which follows a salt water cove below.  The 90’ long standing seam metal roof is broken to provide a roof deck accessible from the master bedroom suite at the second level.

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine: Rather than creating large expanses of glass in the open living space and in order to create tension between the interior and exterior, walls were thickened to 2’-0” and punctured with discreet, regular openings along the view side and mirrored on the opposite [garden] side so that from certain angles the view is obscured but is revealed as one moves along the main axis.

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

House on Long Cove, Coastal Maine

Guest House on Secluded Inlet, Coastal Maine, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

Guest House on Secluded Inlet, Coastal Maine: A 940 SF weekend house on an 18’ x 36’ footprint, located on a secluded salt water inlet, is to be used eventually as a guest house in conjunction with a future second home. The archetypal simplicity of the shingled exterior references the working outbuildings indigenous to the Maine coast.The widths of the sliding glass doors of the living space are double-sized so that both the glazed doors and screens disappear into tracks in the wall to provide full, unobstruced openings on three sides.

Guest House on Secluded Inlet, Coastal Maine, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

Guest House on Secluded Inlet, Coastal Maine: Flexibility in sleeping arrangements is provided by a  large sleeping loft and a first floor bedroom with two recesses containing beds on wheels which can be rolled out, turned ninety-degrees and pushed together in either recess for use as a double bed. Photo: Mark Rockwood Photography

Guest House on Secluded Inlet, Coastal Maine, Sheila Narusawa Architects | Remodelista Architect / Designer Directory

Guest House on Secluded Inlet, Coastal Maine: All walls and built-ins are of clear Port Orford cedar left unfinished to hold the light and allow the wood to respond to atmospheric conditions that affect its subtle fragrance.

 

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