Loft on Park Avenue South
New York City
Like for many young
Manhattan families, even a 2000-sf loft seemed tight. This was acerbated by the diversity of the program and scenarios
envisioned. From Master suite to
kid’s (or kids’) room, a guest room for family (or guests), a living room
for relaxing (or entertaining), storage for skis, to an office for Working at
home, the complex condition of the urban family had been revealed.
core of the apartment became a way of grounding the fragments and a point of
reference for all subsequent movements. Screening,
sliding and discovery were all devices used to expand space. Tight within the walnut core were small, secluded havens: the bathrooms.
Insular, unique and precious, these spaces are separated from a view to
the world. They became the most
calm and most fantastic internal spaces of the Project, physically as well as
mentally. Grounded and defined by
the Core, the exterior façade became secondary in geometry and the spaces
became free of the external envelope. Key
elements realize increasing fluidity as the distance form the Core increases. The foyer screen provides the clearest key to the idea of defining
station points along the promenade thru the loft and the idea that movement
affects a point of view. Defining
geometries of perspective at these significant station points become the
abstract starting point for other conceptual structures of interval,
permutation, level, and luminance.