The client owns a Landmark townhouse built in 1806 in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. The Garden (basement) level was an unfinished studio space that was brimming with untapped potential. The intent was to create an apartment that would have the versatility of acting as an extension of the existing home as well as the ability to be separated by a privacy door allowing for a private residence. The renovated apartment has one bedroom, a den, one bathroom, and an open loft-like space with a full gourmet kitchen, dining and living areas.
The footprint of the apartment lends itself to a rail-road style layout with the bedroom flanking the front with the den adjacent. Original rustic french doors open from the den to the very modern kitchen, creating a dialogue between the traditional and contemporary. The bathroom is located in the former boiler room, which was completely finished with modern materials on the inside and left rustic and virtually untouched on the outer wall exposed to the kitchen. Both the kitchen and bathrooms were finished in all white glass to further contrast the existing brick work. White hardwood floors run throughout the apartment enhancing the lightness of a notoriously dark basement space. The common areas are situated in an open plan taking advantage of the natural light.
New windows were installed in the front facade existing locations. Also a new skylight and glass french doors were installed on the rear garden facing facade. A central air-conditioning system was installed seamlessly in the space with minimal ceiling drops. Overall the design achieved an open and bright layout that marries the original character of the historic building with a very modern aesthetic.
Location: New York, NY, US
My Role: Project Architect
Additional Credits: David Fratianne Architect