This 720 square foot apartment is located in Chelsea on the
west side of Manhattan. The unit was newly constructed at the garden level of a
1930’s co-op. The strange layout and challenging existing features (exposed
foundation walls and large structural columns) have put off potential buyers
for an extended period of time, and it needed someone with vision to take
advantage of its subtle opportunities.
For the Owner (and Architect) the property offered the
opportunity to research and test design solutions for solving one of the
biggest challenges in today’s cities - creating homes for one and two person
households. The latest research shows that in Manhattan as much as 50% of
households are occupied by a single person. Internationally, Paris has a
similar proportion while Stockholm is slightly higher at 60%. As such the brief
was to try and create the perfect one-bedroom apartment with the requirement to
include a guest area / room and a dining table.
Our idea was to use architecture to reimagine this small
space to make the perfect 1-bedroom apartment with design helping to unlock the
hidden value of the asset and significantly increase its resale value.
A clear and straight forward concept was required to bring
clarity to the different functions of the spaces and assist in making the whole
feel bigger than the individual pieces. Intensive design work and creativity
were required to make use of every feature and utilize every square inch of
space. Getting the proportions of each room to work was vital so that all rooms
functioned perfectly, without any wasted space.
A straightforward (and cost effective) palette of materials
is used, consisting of either white oak (oak veneer on MDF for the wall and
ceiling panels) or white paint alongside creative lighting strategies to
enhance the spaces. In such a small space, it is important not to be visually
You can read an expanded explanation of the process regarding this project here.
Project Details >
- Status: Complete
- Date: October 12, 2012
- Project Number: 013
- Client: Martin Hopp
- Area: 720 square feet
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