Sculpture Studio

This Loft is a site specific live/work interior in SoHo for a sculptor who works in  driftwood. This archetypical “rear window” site condition takes advantage of its local context by mapping it onto the interior elements via permanent shadows. These are overcast sky shadows and not dependent on the sun’s location. Their geometry is established by the configuration of the buildings to the west of the loft: a four-story building is sandwiched between an eleven and a six-story building. It is this slot that focuses the sky vault light through the window openings and causes the shadows to fan out in the loft. Opaque and translucent materials are used to map this phenomenon in the form of tables and wall surfaces so as not to introduce new shadows into the space.  Continue reading Sculpture Studio…

SoHo Seclusion

The site presented such problems as no light and no view. This project provided an opportunity to explore ideas of virtual imagery (reflections).The primary objective was to open the space to the sky and once introduced to keep the light “moving” until it could be refracted with the greatest benefit. This was accomplished with a large glass roof, glass block floors and a white stone floor. The stone floor formed the ground surface for a conceptual courtyard. Defined by the stripped brick and “borrowed” wall of the neighboring building to the north. This “courtyard” is the living area and the focal view for the studio. 
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Lower Broadway

A stunning 5000sf space on Broadway and W 4th St NYC had been divided into smaller awkward spaces. This work was to open it up, allow the East-West light to flood in and highlight the structural vaulted character of the loft. Cast iron columns populate the space, vertically. This was contrasted with new round ductwork running horizontally for HVAC.LED lighting was positioned throughout the space to gently illuminate the structural vaulted ceiling. Daylight sensors were coupled with a computerized control system to adjust the array of LED’s to compensate for sunlight, cloudy periods and nighttime.

NoHo Rooftop

The site for this project is on the corner, top three floors of a building with spectacular views of the East Side and downtown Manhattan. It uses a very simple idea with some intriguing implications. The view axes are plotted as a grid. A new grid relative to the city grid, as described in space. Fixtures and furniture that register static viewpoints are placed on this grid. The cones of view from these viewpoints are located in space; defining interior window sizes for rooms that contain fixtures (bathroom and kitchen) anywhere along the cone. An obvious problem created by this strategy is the accidental merging of public and private space. Ultimate privacy is achieved by electrostatic glass that turn opaque at the flick of a switch. 
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