We won a competitive interview
process with a young client who wanted to update his existing apartment into a more
habitable space for living and entertaining and in-turn increase the potential
re-sale value of the property.
The existing apartment is
constrained by having only two windows. This in conjunction with the long
length of the unit minimizes natural daylight at the far end of the apartment
and makes natural cooling in the summer difficult. The existing design limits
the impact of the space and hides some of the historic features under a low
quality renovation from the 1980’s.
Our solution was to open up
one side of the apartment to create a ‘great space’ which could be used for a
variety of activities. The owner’s baby grand piano serves as a focal point
upon entering the apartment. Original wood columns and beams are exposed so that
their natural warmth is combined with the restrained palette of white oak and
white lacquer that has been added.
Taking cues from previous
projects, notably the 250W24
#GBE project, the goal was to increase flexibility and efficiency in a small
one-bedroom apartment. The apartment creates warmth in a dark space using
naturally patinated elements such as reclaimed wood floors and the exposed wood
Project Details >
- Status: Construction
- Date: January 10, 2014
- Project Number: 021
- Client: Mark Newton
- Area: 1,100 square feet
- Martin Hopp Architect Project Team:
Stephen Rafferty, Jr.
- Design Team: