The striking and luxurious homes designed by Madison Worth Architecture have firmly established this up-and-coming Architecture Studio in Palm Beach. Previously known as Gramatan Corp, the firm rebranded to reflect their multi-state presence. Offices on Madison Avenue in New York and Worth Avenue in Palm Beach offer clients the flexibility to discuss projects in New York City, Fairfield County, Westchester County, Long Island, and South Florida.
The client-architect relationship is a cornerstone of the MWA philosophy. MWA partner, Gerard Beekman, says, “I am constantly inspired by the dialogue with my clients. I am not interested in imposing a stylistic manifesto.” Beekman believes that sophisticated room layouts, elegant sculpting of proportions, and refined detailing transcend architectural styles. “Once a program is set, we source design cues from our clients’ lifestyle—for example, choice of location, apparel, cars, and collections. This information is transformed into the world of space and becomes a photoshoot-worthy setting for our clients.” At the same time, Beekman insists that homes must live comfortably; the spaces function effortlessly, whether hosting a black-tie event or lounging in a bathing suit. To serve this purpose, careful attention is given to creating gracious indoor-outdoor connections and dramatic views.
The firm excels at contemporary minimalist detailing but also has in-depth knowledge of classical cannons and proportions. MWA partners Christopher DeChiaro and James Hall trained in traditional architecture at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami, respectively. Mr. Beekman trained at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Greatly attractive is the one-stop-shopping design/build services MWA offers with sister company, Livingston Builders, Inc., a contracting company renowned for impressive bespoke houses. With over 25 years of experience as a high-end General Contractor, the Livingston principals, Jim Remez and David Palmer guide the design process and keep projects on-budget and on-schedule throughout construction. Additionally, MWA takes pride in its unanimous approval track record for projects considered by the rigorous Architectural Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission in Palm Beach.
The firm is being awarded a Mizner award by the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art for excellence in architecture in the classical tradition. The team thrives on collaborations with interior designers: notable recent projects include homes in Locust Valley with Christina Murphy Interiors and a 20,000 square foot waterfront estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, in collaboration with Steven Gambrel.