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James Koster Architect, PLLC

James Koster Architect, PLLC

Brooklyn, NY

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View of glowing kitchen from foyer
View of glowing kitchen from foyer
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Luminous Penthouse

This unique apartment occupies an entire floor near the top of an art deco skyscraper, but the original layout was awkward and the finishes ordinary. All the original ceilings, walls, fixtures and finishes were removed to make way for a totally new interior that would be worthy of the stunning views. The kitchen was relocated to the center of the apartment creating a large living-dining room. One bathroom was added while the other was substantially enlarged. All the windows were replaced, and central air conditioning was woven into the design throughout.

A modern, minimal aesthetic drove the design and material choices. Off-white walls and epoxy resin floors create a visually "quiet" perimeter that contrasts with the material-rich elements at the core of the apartment. Zebrawood, anigre and rosewood built-in cabinetry anchor the functional elements of the apartment, while stainless steel, translucent and etched glass elements introduce a luminous, ethereal quality at any time of day.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Brooklyn, NY, US
Additional Credits: Andreea Rusu; Matthew Tirschwell, Lighting Design

 
Elevators open directly into foyer with New York Harbor view
Elevators open directly into foyer with New York Harbor view
A kitchen for cooks with stunning views
A kitchen for cooks with stunning views
Glowing onyx wall warms the master bathroom
Glowing onyx wall warms the master bathroom
Cantilevered vanity and mirror framed with light
Cantilevered vanity and mirror framed with light

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