“Hermitage Russian Hill” featured in Modern Luxury Magazine
by MAILE PINGEL, PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRISTOPHER STARK
A trio of talents breathe new life into a dated condo atop San Francisco’s Russian Hill.
“This is a one-of-a-kind apartment, but it was a bit of an unorthodox approach for me,” says San Francisco interior designer Eche Martinez of the Russian Hill condominium he recently completed with architect Ross Levy and fellow designer Cindy Bayon. “I got to come in after the dusty part of the project and bring it to life,” he says. The condo, located in a landmark building, was nearing the end of its two-year renovation by Levy and Bayon when the owners, newlyweds, brought in Martinez, whom the wife had met through a mutual friend, to take the project across the finish line. “Cindy and Ross did an incredible job of layering natural materials and beautiful finishes for an eclectic, quirky Bay Area aesthetic, and it was an impeccable job by the builder, Justine Sears,” he explains. “My role was really more of an art director.”
“It’s a modern space within a traditional setting,” explains Levy, a longtime friend of the husband. The original floor plan was a series of formal rooms, so the architect opened the space to create a contemporary flow that would also establish a gallery-like setting for the couple’s art collection. Working with project architect Patrick Donato, Levy rearranged the entry sequence to take advantage of spectacular downtown and Bay Bridge views. Original doors and windows couldn’t be changed, so they were painted white to disappear into the walls. Likening the condo’s new flow of rooms to a renovated historic Italian palazzo, Levy then added subtle definition to the great room by creating varying ceiling designs over the living, dining and family room areas.
Architecture: Levy Art & Architecture (Patrick Donato and Ross Levy) (@levy_aa)
Contractor: Moroso Construction (Justine Sears)
Interior Designers: Cindy Bayon & Eche Martinez
Photographer: Christopher Stark (@christopherstark)