250 W 24th St.
250 West 24th St., New York, NY 250 West 24th St., New York, NY 250 W 24th St., New York, NY 10011 Residential

Building the perfect 1-bedroom apartment with a palette of white and white oak

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 overwhelmed.

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
  • Martin Hopp Architect Project Team:
    • Martin Hopp

  • Design Team:
  • Contractor:
    • General Conctractor 1 - Manuka D&B

      General Contractor 2 - Bonomo & Sons, Inc.