The latest Sketchpad feature asked architect Henry Stolzman, a partner at PKSB Architects to combine adjoining studio apartments in the Financial District. The combination of studios offers the unique chance for an owner to create their own space - and these places needed some work...
Though in good condition, the existing apartments are dull and boring. Cheap materials abound and the ceiling had been dropped four feet, cutting off the top of the windows. Rather than simply create a two bedroom apartment, Mr. Stolzman re-imagined the space with an open floor plan. He restored the original 12-foot ceilings and fully-exposed the windows. With the open floor plan, he created pockets of space and unique architectural details by designing a central gallery/hallway and elevating the living/bed room one foot. The small stairs (though 18-feet wide) add a much needed dramatic element to the space.
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(Pics: Hiroko Masuike, PKSB Architects)