A Ribbon Apartment in Manhattan

A Ribbon Apartment in Manhattan

Young designer Alan YL Chan took on the difficult task of personally renovating his 400 square feet dark, cramped and deteriorating Manhattan apartment – all while living in it and only 3 years out of architecture school. His brilliant renovation was not only achieved through hard work but also with multi-purpose spaces and best of all – a continuous ribbon of concrete that acts as sink, countertop, desk, seat and floor…

According to Alan Chan, "The concrete ribbon is the life force that synthesizes form and function in the apartment. It not only unifies the space, it elevates, descends, contracts and expands to accommodate specific needs throughout." The resulting effect is a bright, airy, efficicent and completely unique apartment.

In addition using the concrete ribbon to serve many purposes, Chan has also cleverly designed the house with few walls and minimal materials to open up and de-clutter the space. Each element's function has been maximized serving many purposes: glass and mirrors used to maximize north facing light; a vertical steel element is a backsplash in the kitchen and a bench in the dining room; a Murphy bed is concealed within built-in closets and shelving; and gliding horizontal piece of wood serves as both dining table or desk when positioned underneath a section of the concrete ribbon.

This is a great example of maximizing small spaces with a little ingenuity, a clever unifying element and hard work.

See the before photo of the apartment and more images of the after over at Dwell.

(Images via Dwell)

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