In Asheville, North Carolina, Jim Samsel and Brooke Tate of Samsel Architects got a call to renovate a century-old apartment. But unlike other jobs, this one had a unique request: Could they create a home that felt like an art gallery? The client, Larry Turner, a dentist-turned-artist and art collector, sought a livable space that could also serve as a showcase for his beloved collection.
The apartment, originally built in 1905, had a traditional floor plan and was quite cramped — not at all ideal for exhibiting works of art. So the firm completely reconfigured the space to center around a spacious open living/kitchen/dining area. Skylights, stark white walls, and LED lighting were incorporated into the design to really channel that art space-like vibe. But to avoid feeling too clinical, Samsel played with strategic pops of color and made sure the building's historical details remained on display.