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Section F Design


After more than a decade of work experience in Europe, Asia and in New York, John and Suzana Bellettiere founded Section F Design LLC in 2004, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NYC.

Section F Design has completed a wide range of residential and commercial projects in the US and Europe. Notable projects include the conversion of a 38,000 square foot institutional building to luxury condominiums in New York City’s east side, the restoration of a 6,000 square foot historic industrial building for commercial spaces in Los Angeles and the complete reconstruction and enlargement of a single story ranch house with a second story swimming pool in the Hamptons, on Long Island, New York.

Having both lived and worked in the United States and Europe, Suzana and John resolve program requirements and generate design reflecting a hybrid of cultural influences; "we strive to channel our wide ranging experience and varied backgrounds into each new project in search of fresh, unique solutions."

Mutually established objectives and design intentions are defined with the client at the inception of all projects. Detailed site analysis, careful consideration of the influence of light, massing of form and flow of space then systematically inform the design. Simple but rich, restrained and refined, modest yet proud are qualities inherent in all SFD projects.

"Success in our work is a multi-faceted goal measured in the degree to which budget, programmatic, aesthetic and schedule requirements are each attained."

Section F Design is acknowledged by clients and builders alike for deep commitment during all project phases to ensure that success.

John Bellettiere LEED AP

John Bellettiere received his architectural degree in 1986 from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York. Subsequently John lived in Europe working with architects and designers in Italy and Germany on commercial, residential, and retail projects.

In 1995 he founded a partnership with Suzana Bellettiere, the principle focus of which was the historic preservation and renovation of the American Embassy building located in the center of Zagreb, capitol of Croatia.

Since 1997 Mr. Bellettiere has worked on luxury residential interior renovations with Glenn Gissler Design, David Scott Interiors, and Gluckman Mayner Architects. As Project Manager/ Architect responsible for design, construction documents and administration, John has completed numerous projects for Helmut Lang stores worldwide, luxury residential interior renovations in New York, and sections of the Watermill Art Center in Southampton, Long Island.

In March 2009 John became a registered Leed AP, enabling Section F Design to act as lead administrator for projects seeking certification as sustainable buildings with the US Green Building Council.

Suzana Bellettiere RA

Suzana Bellettiere was born in Dalmatia, Croatia and completed her professional degree at the University of Zagreb School of Architecture in 1990; she became a licensed architect there in 1994.

Thereafter, Suzana accumulated more than 4 years of experience in Germany with intense concentration on multi-theater and retail complexes.

In 1998 Suzana relocated to New York City where she initially worked on high end residential and commercial renovation projects.

As lead architect and project manager at Franke, Gottsegen, Cox Architects, she also successfully completed complex new construction projects, the most significant of which is a 10 story residential condominium at 7 Essex Street in the Lower East Side. Suzana is a New York State licensed architect.


Landmark 17

Location: New York City

Status: construction completed in 2007

In 2005 SFD was commissioned to design approximately 38,000 square feet in a former institutional building converting it to thirteen luxury condominiums on East 17th Street in Manhattan.

The entire interior was removed except structural walls and floor slabs, revealing a multitude of previous alterations which formed the building’s storied past; only the striking Gothic Victorian red brick facade remained unaltered, which was later restored to it’s former stoic beauty.

In addition to the administrative and technical challenges, including Landmark Commission approval, the design requirements were extensive; each unit has distinguishing features and details: eight unique custom internal steel stairs, five restored fireplaces and 38 bathroom variations are dispersed throughout the project.

Each of the three penthouses has a large skylight and it’s own entrance to a private roof terrace, while the ground floor units have direct access to private patios, a sunken living room/ garden and terraces.

An existing chapel with hand painted wood ceilings was restored and incorporated into a unique quadruplex apartment with separate outdoor garden and patio areas.

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Hamptons Poolhouse

Location: Watermill, NY

Status: construction completed in 2008

This second story addition over an existing 1,500 square foot single story ranch house, situated on a pond in the Township of Southampton, included a concrete swimming pool on the new second floor deck.

Being located in the wetlands conservation area and within the federal flood plane district, the owner’s dream of having a gunite concrete swimming pool was possible only within the existing building’s cedar clad wood frame footprint. Designing and constructing a structural steel frame robust enough to satisfy all required loads, which would remain hidden within the existing walls and ceilings was successfully achieved.

Most of the existing building’s openings at the first floor were retained in their original positions; and large transom windows were added to utilize the newly attained ceiling height.

The former traditional single story ranch has been transformed into a contemporary second home, by carefully balancing the existing and new into a simple and unified expression.

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Location: Pasadena, California

Status: construction completed in 2008

A pair of young developers recently acquired this 6000 square foot barrel vaulted light industrial brick building in a newly revived commercial area of Pasadena, California.

Inspiration for the exterior work came from an original 1950’s photo and restoration of the structural wooden bow trusses and barrel vault was of central design importance for the interior.

The plan provides for four flexible commercial spaces with double height ceilings under the restored wood trusses; three have new skylights and one with an open mezzanine.

With the blending of tastefully restored original elements and the introduction of contemporary details this project takes on particular quality discretely mixing the of best of both worlds.

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Location: Sierra Madre Foothills, California

Status: completed in 2007

A decommissioned 1500 square foot firehouse in the Sierra Madre foothills on the outskirts of Los Angeles was converted to a work/ loft studio space.

Minimal detailing for a simple kitchen, bathroom and separate work area was applied; restoration of the original 1960’s facade was required by the town. The original fiberglass roll-up garage doors were refurbished with translucent polycarbonate fiber panels to allow an increase of natural light into the space.

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Straight and Narrow

Location: Chelsea, New York

Status: Completed 2009

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Medical Office

Location: New York City

Status: completed in 2008

A leading New York allergist with several satellite offices came to Section F Design with 2500 square feet of raw office space in Gramercy, looking to establish his headquarters, and office identity.

Attention was focused on considering how patients move through the space between reception, treatment and the check-out desk, so as to foster tranquil and smooth patterns of use and circulation.

Design details and finishes were selected for their contribution to the overall flow and comfort in the space; whether regarding the custom millwork, or selection of upholstery fabrics, waiting room chairs, or access to medical records, and placement of art work, special attention was given to support a sense of healing and well being.

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Section F Design, LLC

413 Grand Street #1407
New York, NY 10002
212 460 9669 tel
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