D+L LOFT, EAST VILLAGE, NYC

SKYVIEW -  The 4000 SF full floor loft on one of the top floors of a tower, is situated in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village and has a dramatic 360 degree-view of Manhattan.  When we analyzed the site we realized that one of the striking features was the heavy steel building truss that cuts through the apartment. Another issue was the relatively low concrete plank ceiling. In order transform this low large open plan, we decided to design the loft as a series of horizontal planes and to leave the concrete ceiling and the large steel truss exposed. A translucent CORE was created in the middle of the loft, around which the different zones enfold.

INNOVATION - We developed a new translucent honeycomb panel with Panellite, a company in LA; rather than cladding it with a translucent plate, we poured a translucent skin on it, thus creating soft corners and curves, and self supporting panels. The poured skin transforms the aluminum honeycomb cells when bent, and allows for transparent, solid edges, which are great for pivoting wall panels and doors. The translucent core folds around the buildings large truss, and contains all private areas, such as two bathrooms, walk-in closets and a powder room. The area around the backlit core surfaces facilitates the transition between the spaces and creates a free, continuous movement. Textures, light, and shadows merge and play reciprocally, reinforcing the idea of seeing and being seen, blurring the notion of the protagonist and the audience.

LARGE FURNITURES -  The private bedroom and study zone are simultaneously created and separated by a large “furniture”, a fluid topology of bent walnut surfaces. This creates zones of dressing, sleeping and relaxing in the bedroom and the large library for one of the partners. A guestroom is conveniently tucked in between. The curved master bathroom walls envelop the sink, shape the shower basin, and embed the bathtub in one continuous curved surface, made from a waterproof fiber-reinforced velvety plaster by “Art in Construction”. Recessed light emphasizes the curved space and creates a soft atmosphere.  The floor consists of a shiny epoxy, which emphasizes the spatial liquidity and light atmosphere. Again, thresholds are rendered ambiguous and transitions become fluid, ending somewhere in the window view of the horizon of New York – the stage of this penthouse.

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