Skyhouse by David Hotson
and Ghislaine Viñas

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A tubular steel slide plummets through four storeys inside this penthouse apartment in New York by architect David Hotson (+ slideshow).

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

The apartment occupies the uppermost storeys of a late nineteenth century tower in lower Manhattan and had never been used as a residence before, so David Hotson was able to restructure the entire volume to create a quadruple-height living room, a glazed attic, indoor balconies and the two-stage slide.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

"The penthouse involved a complete re-imagining of the interior and all of the remarkable relationships between this space and the vertical cityscape around it," Hotson told Dezeen.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

This cityscape includes Frank Gehry's rippled residential tower next-door and the Chrysler Building in the distance.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

The slide starts at the very top of the apartment - an attic room surrounded by glass - and is slotted into a circular hole so residents can safely climb inside and start their descent.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: photograph is by Eric Laignel

It's made from polished stainless steel, giving it a mirrored surface.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

After winding around a column and through a window, the slide comes to a brief stop on the next floor down.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Residents can either get out and access the rooms on this floor, or clamber back inside and spiral down through three more floors.

Skyhouse with an indoor slide by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

At the end of the slide, the stainless steel surface fans out to create a rectangular funhouse mirror at the edge of the living room.

Skyhouse with an indoor slide by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

If they don't fancy using the slide, residents can always walk down through a faceted stairwell.

Skyhouse with an indoor slide by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

"This is a complex interior with a number of dramatic elements," Hotson explained.

Skyhouse with an indoor slide by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: photograph is by Eric Laignel

"The four-storey stairwell twists up through the centre of the apartment while the four-storey-slide provides a quick trip back down."

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: photograph is by Eric Laignel

The architect collaborated with interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, who added all of the furniture and artworks throughout the apartment.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: photograph is by Eric Laignel

These furnishings include a floral-printed "nest", which is accessed across a bridge, and bright green breakfast area with a spherical chandelier overhead.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

The riveted steel columns of the building cut up through some of the spaces, while others feature arched windows that line up with the original facades.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Buildings with slides as well as stairs have cropped up on Dezeen a few times over the years.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Others include the Denmark office of toy brand Lego and a house with a concrete slide in Indonesia.

Skyhouse with an indoor slide by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: photograph is by Eric Laignel

See more slides on Dezeen »

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: photograph is by Eric Laignel

Photography is by the architect, apart from where stated otherwise.

Skyhouse with an indoor slide by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Here's some more information from David Hotson:


Skyhouse

Occupying a four-story penthouse structure at the summit of an early skyscraper and commanding astonishing views of the surrounding Lower Manhattan cityscape, this project creates a breathtaking contemporary home in the sky.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

As the collaborative brainchild of architect David Hotson and interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, the project pairs Hotson's crisply delineated spaces and rigorous architectural detailing with the vibrant colors, playful references and startling juxtapositions that are signatures of Viñas' work.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

The residence features a four-story high entry hall spanned by structural glass bridges and illuminated by ingenious skylights borrowing light from upper level rooms, a fifty-foot tall living room ascended by climbing holds anchored to the central column, and a mirror-polished stainless steel slide that coils down through rooms and over stairways before it flares out to form a distorted wall at one end of the entry gallery.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Juxtaposed with this spatial drama, Viñas' incandescent colors, startling overscaled floral patterns, whimsical menagerie of animal forms, tongue-in-cheek lighting fixtures and sly pop-cultural references create a playful and lighthearted foil to the vertiginous architecture.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

The design exploits its theatrical location by capturing framed views of the iconic buildings and bridges of the surrounding cityscape at a range of scales, from the dramatic skylight in the private elevator vestibule which frames the top of the new Beekman Tower by Frank Gehry looming above, to the intimate peephole in the guest bedroom shower which captures the glow of the Chrysler Building seventy blocks to the north.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

The historic riveted steel structure - among the earliest steel frames used in a New York skyscraper - is exposed as it weaves through the occupied spaces at all levels.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

All these elements are woven into the enveloping prototypical house form of the historic penthouse - with its steep hipped roof, chimneys and projecting dormer windows - creating the startling impression of a magical house suspended midway in the vertical cityscape of Lower Manhattan.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: photograph is by Build Pictures

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: long section - click for larger image

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: cross section though living room one - click for larger image

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: cross section through living room two - click for larger image

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: cross section through entry stairwell - click for larger image

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: west elevation

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

Above: east elevation

  • Anton

    I simply love it! Never would you be able to squeeze so much space into the apartments of new buildings, especially Gehry’s skyscraper in the background.

  • Charlie Bing

    Well, I guess if you own an apartment on the top four floors of a building in Manhattan in the shadow of Gehry’s bewitching New York building and you have so much money that you don’t know how to spend it, then a four storey slide through your home is about right. Especially since there appear to be children involved. But really? In this day and age? How can people be so indulgent? Oh yes, I forgot. It’s New York.

  • Urban Commentary

    I want to love it, but just can’t. Don’t know what’s stopping me.

  • anon

    Somehow the slide looks like a giant polished turd. The idea is good, but it’s way too intrusive into the space.

    • ashtarak

      I think it’s time they stopped letting ten-year-olds post on Dezeen.

      • Chris

        You’re right, get off Dezeen.

  • nicey

    Yeah, imagine the size and diet of a robot that could coil that one down.

  • rmsnmz

    Simply amazing. Very well thought out and elegantly detailed. Everything has a role to play. Extraordinary synergy – bravo!

  • http://twitter.com/JohnProlly @JohnProlly

    Having 3D-modeled, rendered and architecturally detailed a lot of this project, even I’m amazed at how it came out. I thought it’d never happen!

    You should see the renderings we presented to the client, contractor and other parties involved. They look exactly like the finished work. Good job.

    • Jason Gillette

      Congrats! It’s such a good feeling to be able to reflect on a completed project of this scale!

  • mark kubicki

    To the comment about “indulgence”: it redistributes the wealth, and in the course of contractors, sub contractors, vendors, consultants and the like, feeds a lot a hungry mouths. Money in the bank feeds no one. BRAVO to those generous enough to indulge the rest of us.

    • jim

      Yeah sure, Ayn Rand.

    • Richard E

      ‘Indulge the rest of us’. Like the Russian Tsars of old feeding the hungry peasants by employing them to work the land, we should feel grateful for the crumbs from their tables I guess.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonbak/ Simon

    Anish Kapoor’s childhood dream.

  • Ptbc

    I live across and higher up from this property (we live in the Gehry building, better known as 8 Spruce, not Beekman ) and it looks like fun. The owner of this property is one of the main masterminds behind all the algorithms that made Google possible.
    His wife is a main player at Facebook and a super powerful lady.

  • Chris

    Very similar to the Matthew Pillsbury installation in Tate Modern’s turbine hall. But then I guess it’s also similar to the slide at my local park.

  • http://troutstudios.com Sallie Trout

    Can I come over to play?

  • Native Hues

    I would love to see a video tour of this place. Then I could truly understand it.

    • mamalaoshi

      There is a video on Vimeo, search Skyhouse NY. The video is neat but made my head hurt! I don’t think I could truly understand it without walking/sliding through it.

  • Ollie

    First static image – inspirational photoshopping.

  • paddarotti

    Frightening. I imagine an acid trip is like that.