ORA Studio NYC

ORA Studio NYC

New York, NY


ORA Studio NYC designs a 36,000 sq. ft. Long Island Mansion

Giusi Mastro
Jul 6, '20 2:19 PM EST
LIVING ROOM - Flooring in Bianco Lasa marble by Antolini; lighting by iGuzzini; windows by MQ; window drapery by Rubelli; coffered ceiling: custom designed by ORA Studio NYC; sofa by Fendi.
LIVING ROOM - Flooring in Bianco Lasa marble by Antolini; lighting by iGuzzini; windows by MQ; window drapery by Rubelli; coffered ceiling: custom designed by ORA Studio NYC; sofa by Fendi.












A 36,000 sq. ft. French-style mansion, immersed in the greenery of a custom designed park overlooking the Manhattan skyline reveals a coherent spatial planning, laid out according to classical schemes. The wise use of precious materials and exclusive Italian furnishings consistently refer to the original culture of ORA Studio Principal, Giusi Mastro, a refined representative of Made in Italy worldwide. The project reflects the genuine collaboration between the Architect and the discerning European sensibility of the client, resulting in a tridimensional mansion with materials, volumes and proportions that magnify the grandeur of the entire estate.


The Long Island Residence, surrounded by a 90,000 sq. ft. park, embodies a specific classical aesthetic that the client, a family who had lived in an architecturally vibrant city in Italy for 40 years, had always dreamt of. Annexing the original plot of land bought by the client with the neighbor’s adjacent land, the mansion had a grander property in which to arise.

The client wanted to interact with an Architect with European sensibility, with knowledge of the classical architecture that he reveres and with extensive experience in contemporary design, that he envisioned for the interiors” said Giusi Mastro. “Being Italian and an International Architect and Designer living in NY, I could identify what the feeling of the home needed to be and I encouraged the client to adopt a series of pragmatic choices in order to bring to life a home that the family would feel deeply connected to. I started this process by conceiving the property as a tridimensional mansion to be contemplated from every angle.”

Symmetry and rational order, intrinsic values of classical architecture find expression through the façade - characterized by regularly spaced columns and windows that awe the visitor – and thanks to a whole re-proportioning process in the interior architecture. In contrast to a previous architectural plan from a local Architect, by applying layers of marble, Giusi Mastro re-proportioned the slim supportive beam of the space to be in scale with the vast volume of the interior, as well as the monumental staircase going to the second floor. In order to achieve harmony with the staircase, the façade entrance was also re-designed. Grandeur, an essential characteristic of mansions, is expressed not only by the size of the property, but also by the open interior layout. On the first floor, the entry vestibule opens up to the main salon via a glass door in the beautifully lit foyer. The foyer features walls with the effect of a modern artwork installation due to the light cove design and warm Grassello di Calce finish with sparkling touch. While at first one feels a sense of coziness in the foyer, upon entering the salon, one notices that such transition creates the effect of magnification of the space. 

The ground floor is an expansive and open space, at times used as ballroom and delineated by four columns that define the core of the house. Together with the coffered ceilings, the fireplace, and two bronze octagonal columns, they outline the home in the areas of dining room, gallery, living room and media room. Providing a majestic ambiance and spatial organization, the freestanding marble fireplaces separates the living room from the media room and it is flanked by two octagonal columns with a bronze finish matching the aesthetic of the fireplace and functioning both as supportive and decorative pieces. Extensive coffered ceilings, in two different proportions, one above the dining space and one above the living area create a lighting effect and illuminate the space in a uniformed glow, further intensified by high-tech “Laser Blade” LED fixtures by iGuzzini in the ceiling and in all walkway areas. The backward position of the LED maximizes the visual impact illuminating the space with the perception that no light source is present.

The transition between the first and second floor is open and grand, defined by two ramps of staircases and a large opening above the salon that functions as a gallery creating a visual connection between the two floors. Upon reaching the second floor, there is a separation of the master suite area on the right and the guest area, including a large kids playroom and bathroom, on the left. 


1) The collaborative relationship between the Architect and the client.

The client’s openness to explore the architectural approach for each area made it possible to drive collaborative decisions on materials and furnishings. Finely detailed materials and high-end Italian furniture unveil how craftsmanship and sophisticated taste are signatures of both the Architect and the client. They also firmly establish the structure with texture, classic scale and luxury. Natural lime-based Grassello di Calce stucco is used on the walls of the powder rooms, guest rooms, dining area and main kitchen; Bianco Lasa marble by Antolini is employed for living room floors, main kitchen floors, master bathroom walls and floors, and staircase; the fireplace is made of Serpeggiante Kenya Zebra marble by Antolini; bronze metal by Extravega is used for the fireplace base and the two octagonal columns next to it; Bianco Dolomiti ceramic tiles by Florim are used for the walls and floors of the guest bathrooms. The selection of Italian luxury and innovative manufacturers include: Boffi for the main kitchen and for the vanity and sink in the master bathrooms and powder rooms; Rubelli for curtains; Paola Lenti for outdoor furniture; Extravega for the staircase, dining table and the main glass entry door; iGuzzini for exterior and interior lights; Lualdi for doors; Poliform for the master bed; Molteni for the walk-in closets and free-standing vitrine; Fendi for the main sofa in the living room.

2) The balanced combination of classical architecture and contemporary design.

The successful partnership between the Architect and the client is also reflected in the mansion itself, embodying that balance between classical architecture and contemporary interiors that the client had always envisioned. In such integration of contrasting styles, one can also notice the imprint of the original culture of Giusi Mastro; Italians are used to renovating historical buildings and respecting their heritage, while adopting a modern design for the interiors allowing a lifestyle for the present time. 

3) A mansion, literally.

The design approach throughout the whole house is based on luxury of materials and furnishings, but also on customization and entertainment. On the first floor, the main custom elements include the state of the art kitchen by Boffi with top-of-the-line appliances, conceived to invite conviviality and gatherings, and the monumental interior staircase that produces a sense of lightness and connection through the glass parapet. The salon used as ballroom and the presence of the media room show that leisure spaces are central in the design concept. On the second floor, the custom designed bookshelf is backlit to produce an art gallery feeling and the wife’s and husband’s master bath and walk-in closet are separated to create privacy and express their individuality. Also, on the second floor, each of the four guest rooms and bathrooms are designed according to the same principal where each room has its own character. In addition to the residence comprising of the first and second floor, there is a 12,000 sq. ft. amenity level with entertainment facilities, including gym, spa and kids’ storage area. The 90,000 sq. ft. park features a dreamy pool by Heaven Pool and it makes the mansion, in the true sense of the word, complete.

4) The detailed architectural plan.

Giusi Mastro curated every detail, most of which in scale one to one and conducted a thorough study of the volumes of the interior layout, represented in detailed study renderings. Renderings were used to help the client develop a proper understanding of the volumes, proportions and the overall architectural balance of the mansion.


Giusi Mastro is fluent in the traditions, richness, and daring of Italian Architecture and Design. She was born in Grottaglie, in the region of Puglia in Southern Italy, in a family of ceramists and artists and she moved to Florence in 1976. At the University of Florence she received a Degree in Architecture and she taught Interior Architecture from 1986 to 1994. During the same years she worked as Lighting Designer at Targetti (1986-1988) and she founded Giusi Mastro Architecture (1988-1994). Also in the ‘80s, a magical time for Italian design, Giusi Mastro became one of the founders of the Bolidismo. This movement was born from the desire to incorporate the feeling of movement inside design and to emphasize dynamism of organic forms, enhancing the concept of electronic action, speed and light and from the fascination for Futurism and the American streamline.

Giusi Mastro moved to NYC in 1995 where, after having worked as a Senior Designer at Sanba Design + Development, she founded ORA Studio NYC in 2001. ORA Studio NYC was born as a full-service Architectural and Design firm specializing in contemporary high-end interiors, space planning, lighting design, and product design for residential, commercial and hospitality projects. With Giusi Mastro’s Italian sensibility, ORA Studio NYC's work is defined by attention to detail from planning to completion, ensuring high-end results through close site supervision. 

ORA Studio NYC has been featured on leading design magazines including Vogue, Elle Décor and Architectural Record and Giusi Mastro’s work has been exhibited and collected by galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Applied Art in Oslo, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the New Media Arts Center in New York City. Since 2001, Giusi Mastro has forged a path as a Designer known for impeccable taste level, equally matched with a technical knowledge and awareness of the ever-changing lifestyles and needs of her clientele. Giusi Mastro continues to be on the forefront of what is NOW, which is her firm, ORA Studio’s namesake. 


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New York, NY 10016

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