A Converted Tribeca Warehouse Brings the Outdoors In

A Converted Tribeca Warehouse Brings the Outdoors In

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 22, 2015
(Image credit: Andrew Franz)

Outdoor space is the holy grail of New York real estate: incredibly desirable, incredibly hard to find. The owners of this Tribeca loft already had access to the roof, something that plenty of New Yorkers would kill for, but their architect took things to the next level with an ingenius solution that opens the entire space up to the outdoors.

As part of their scheme to turn this old caviar warehouse into a home, the architects at Andrew Franz created a sunken courtyard inserted into the volume of the space. This way, each part of the living area has a view of the outdoors — and the formerly gloomy loft space is filled with light.

(Image credit: Andrew Franz)

The sunken courtyard has a retractable glass roof, so it can be used year-round and in any kind of weather. A staircase connects the courtyard with the roof.

(Image credit: Andrew Franz)

Elsewhere in the loft, the theme of lightness and transparency continues. Internal windows connect the bedrooms visually with the rest of the space, and keep light and views uninterrupted. (We're guessing that these windows have some kinds of shades, for those times when you DO want privacy.)

To see more photos and read more about this project, visit Design Boom.

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