Chinatown Loft is a small apartment renovation re-imagined by architecture firm Buro Koray Duman, located in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. Comprised of 750 square feet, this lovely apartment showcases a bold, sculptural, open plan design.
Once a three bedroom dark renovation from the 1980’s is now a one bedroom plus one-and-a-half bath. The apartment is on the corner of the 5th floor of a tenement building overlooking Sarah Roosevelt Park.
The interior space is divided by a sculptural wave-like wall that houses the laundry, storage and the powder room. The tile in the powder room is bas-relief honey comb and the master bath is an all plate glass enclosure. Most of the walls are exposed brick that has been white-washed, and the flooring is oak.
The team preserved bits of history in the apartment such as leaving traces of vintage wall paper in the kitchen area. The project won the best of the year award for residential spaces in 2011.
Photos: Peter Murdoch
The Warren Mews Townhouse is a three story high, single family house recently renovated by Ensemble Architecture, located in the neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York. This stunning eleven foot wide, 1,000 square foot home comes complete with a private garden and writer’s shed, perfect for one of the homeowner’s who is a music writer.
The house was selectively gutted and completely transformed to create a luxury home for a married couple and their growing family. The existing garden shed was replaced with a new structure that serves as a writer’s cottage in the garden.
To open up the rooms and bring in more light, the architects demolished a central staircase that was enclosed by walls, and replaced it with an open staircase edged in spindles. Illumination from an expansive new skylight now floods all three levels.
They reclaimed space by stripping away plaster to expose a brick party wall and the original wooden ceiling joists (while concealing electrical wiring by dropping the ceiling between joists in a few select areas).
In keeping with the period, the homeowner sourced vintage pieces like a salvaged bathtub and sink from the Demolition Depot, an antique marble fireplace mantel from Olde Good Things and blue-and-white Portuguese wall tile from Solar Antique Tiles.
The home was purchased for $1.3 million and the renovation cost the homeowners $550,000, to complete, making the two bedroom, two bathroom space seem bigger and brighter.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
This loft apartment designed by Cloud Studios offers industrial style open plan living infused with natural light, located in an old factory near Edgware Road, London, England. The loft was completely renovated in 2014 and featured in Elle Decoration’s 25th Anniversary Issue, October 2014.
Description from the designers: The apartment, which is in a converted industrial space, was completely reconfigured by Cloud to create two bedrooms and a large open plan living space.
The architectural details have an industrial feel (concrete ceilings, Critail windows and exposed pipes).
The clean lines and high ceilings were enhanced with a pale Douglas fir wide-planked floor and a contemporary kitchen.
Cloud, set up by Nia Morris and Louise Holt, has an established reputation for creating elegant, contemporary interiors for a wide range of residential and commercial projects, from prestigious London and country houses to apartments, offices and hotels. Characterized by creativity balanced by practicality and a highly personal service, we provide innovative design solutions in all the services we offer, from complete refurbishment to interior decoration of individual rooms, space planning, lighting design, bespoke furniture and bathroom and kitchen design.
Photos: Courtesy of Cloud Studios
The Bond Street Loft was designed by Ensemble Architecture, occupying an entire floor of one of New York City’s original artists loft buildings in Manhattan’s NoHo historic district. The 1,500 square foot loft was completely gutted to create a spacious two-bedroom home for a family of three.
Description from the designer: Every detail was considered to maintain the feel of the authentic New York artists’ loft while providing modern amenities including central air conditioning, fumed oak floors and custom, mahogany, weighted windows.
Carefully selected salvaged items were purchased early in the renovation and the layout was designed to accommodate and highlight their unique proportions and organic qualities.
Salvaged items include ten-foot tall double doors leading to the master suite and a 150 year old solid porcelain bathtub with original fittings in the master bathroom. A custom, steel, floor-to-ceiling bookshelf anchors the rear of the large open kitchen / living / dining room and holds the creative couple’s vast collection of art and photography books.
Rustic, industrial details were maintained, created and juxtaposed with minimalist millwork and finishes throughout the loft to create an eccentric home for a creative family.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
Aptly named ‘Flatiron Loft meets meets Bali’, this family style loft was renovated by Matiz Architecture & Design (MAD), located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York. The tone was influenced by Balinese craft juxtaposed with the Industrial style of New York City. Completed in 2015, the loft is comprised of 1,900 square feet of sumptuous living space.
From the designer: Details include imported materials such as hand-painted floor tiles, custom made millwork and petrified wood all creating a contrast of colors and textures weaved throughout the space.
The lofty open floor plan connects the living room, den, dining area and kitchen providing functionality and comfort for the family lifestyle.
MAD’s architectural design practice stems from the belief that the built environment is a living breathing entity with the ability to express emotion and intimately engage with its surroundings. In leveraging spaces’ animated potential, MAD approaches every architectural project through a visceral lens and with an emotional depth upon which our clients have come to rely.
This practice operates in a range of scales and typologies, from single-family residences and stand-alone retail stores to large-scale university facilities and landmark renovation projects.
Photos: Hidenao Abe
Architect Andrew Franz transformed the top floor and roof of a late 18th century former soap warehouse into an eclectic loft in Tribeca, an area of Manhattan, New York. Franz reorganized and modernized the six-story building—which retains its original 16-foot beam ceilings, brick walls, timber columns, and elevator winches from the former freight shaft—by incorporating steel, glass, handmade tile, and lacquer to complement the masonry and heavy timber.
The residence was reconceived to offer open entertaining zones and a fluid connection to the outdoors. A relocated mezzanine allows for direct access to the roof terrace above, and features an interior courtyard with a retractable glass roof. Embracing the building’s industrial past, a visual discourse between new and old is devised through insertions of modern materials along with restored or reclaimed materials.
An inverted courtyard unifies the interior space, which is topped by an expansive 150-square-foot retractable skylight adjacent to a lush roof deck overlooking the Hudson River and lower Manhattan. An interior courtyard and rectangular mezzanine are situated below the original 16-foot gull-wing ceiling planes. Reclaimed wood, new built-ins, and midcentury antiques complement the old brick and timber.
Photos: Albert Vecerka/Esto