Loft, Renwick Street, New York
Written by Katie on March 17, 2009. Permalink
You know, renovating is no big deal. For example, if you need more space, why not just combine two whole floors of a building? It probably doesn’t take a lot of time or money…right?
All kidding aside, the gigantic windows are pretty amazing, and I like the choice of keeping the materials relatively simple and spare so that the space remains visually open and airy. The concrete floors give a nice history and sheen, although I’m starting to wonder about the heating bills in a place this size…with those windows…though I guess if you can afford to have a place like this, heating bills aren’t such a worry.
Two adjacent floors of a former factory were joined by removing a quadrant of the floor area between them, creating a double-height space that links all parts of the loft. A large, new opening in the exterior wall replaced two rows of existing windows. Industrial steel sashes were used to break down the scale of the opening and to reference neighboring natural-light factories. Public areas on the lower level utilize a concrete floor—a nod to the building’s past— while wide-board oak was used for the stairs and upstairs bedrooms. The building’s rough textured columns and beams became a counterpoint to the smooth surfaces of the new walls.
[via LoftLife Magazine]
to see more: fernlund + logan architects