Loft Renovation by Françoise Bollack Architects

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Architect: Françoise Bollack of Françoise Bollack Architects
Location: Chelsea — New York, New York

Françoise Bollack Architects made the most of a bizarre space — a tiny top-floor loft with 3 levels and roof access. The design opens up the bulk of the interior and optimizes the space with smartly placed storage…

This loft apartment located in a late 19th century row house presents an interesting challenge: how to recover the graceful proportions of the living room while taking advantage of the possibilities offered by an earlier alteration which had inserted intermediate levels in the building's original high-ceiling spaces. Our design reconfigures the apartment's three levels to take advantage of natural light and the south views to the owners' landscaped deck outside. The apartment is outfitted like the interior of a boat: the stair doubles up as a storage element, the mezzanine railing is a bookcase, there are storage bins within the floor structure, every inch is used throughout. The resulting spaces flow into each other and we made extensive use of computer walkthroughs during the design process to let the Owners see what their home would be.

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