NO MEAN CITY: In The Globe and Mail – John Shnier’s unorthodox condo

John Shnier condo, photo by John Shnier of Kohn Shnier Architects

Cross-posted from No Mean City, Alex’s personal blog on architecture

In The Globe recently I had a story on an unusual condo: the home of architect John Shnier, of Kohn Shnier, and his wife Patricia Gaviria. It’s an unusually large and open apartment. In many ways much like the unstructured raw lofts that were the dream of a previous generation of artists, but in a very urban context – on top of a boutique hotel. Shnier is a great architect and a character, and this place, in subtle ways, reflects that. It’s got white Astroturf, curtains that recall first-generation spacecraft, and travertine that evokes a romantic weekend in Roma. Do read the story. And, as a bonus, see these beautiful photographs by John Shnier himself. Click here for the full gallery.

John Shnier condo, photo by John Shnier of Kohn Shnier Architects

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