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Rooms With a View

An architect revamps her modern townhome on Baltimore’s harbor

Architect Violeta Fiorino-Schwartz and her husband purchased a townhome in Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood, drawn by enviable views of sailboats streaming by in the harbor. However, interiors of the multi-level abode presented a problem: A large, central shaft bisected the north and south quadrants, interrupting openness and flow.

Fiorino-Schwartz quickly remedied the situation. “We took the shaft out to connect the spaces, which brought in airiness and views,” she recounts. On the third level, she reconfigured a small, south-facing bedroom and adjacent bath to create a bright, modern primary suite (above).

“I used a European-suite concept, with the sink and vanity as part of the bedroom,” explains the architect, who tucked the WC, shower and storage behind sliding glass where the shaft had been.

A spare, modern aesthetic ensures that views take center stage. Wide-plank, white oak floors support low-slung furnishings including an iconic Kartell nightstand; abstract coffee-and-oil-on-paper works by Fiorino-Schwartz—who is also a painter—adorn the wall behind the bed.

Renovation Architecture: Violeta Fiorino-Schwartz, AIA, VAS Architecture, Baltimore, Maryland. 

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