The UNstudio Collector's Loft

The UNstudio Collector's Loft

Gregory Han
Oct 19, 2010

Name: The UNstudio Loft
Location: Greenwich Village, New York
Size: 550 m2

Designed for dual use as both an art gallery and a loft living space, the undulating walls and curvilinear features of the UNstudio loft caught our attention as a dream space for anyone who collects art, books and loves the minimalist aesthetic. Our tech side appreciates the use of 18,000 LED lights illuminating the ceiling and shelving, while our favorite room is the stunning office space with flowing worktop and a city view to die for.

18,000 programmable LED lights can be adjusted across a "warm" to "cool" spectrum.

The design for an existing loft located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan explores the interaction between a gallery and living space. The main walls in the loft flow through the space, and together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions in which exhibition areas merge into living areas. While the walls form a calm and controlled backdrop for the works of art, the ceiling is more articulated in its expression of this transition. By interchanging luminous and opaque, the ceiling creates a field of ambient and local lighting conditions, forming an organizational element in the exhibition and the living areas. In addition the former windows in the South wall have been replaced by floor to ceiling glass panes that frame and extend compelling views, over a full glass balcony, toward downtown Manhattan.

As noted, the look isn't for everyone, but for those of us aspiring for a more minimalist aesthetic, there's a lot to admire about the space. Most notably the interior architecture itself "framing" all the decorative, art and printed elements into the forefront. Also, we're envious of the LED lighting system, which can be programmed to change to various degrees of warmth or cool, depending upon the time of day and weather. We like the idea of integrated interior architecture light therapy! And of course, we always love any space where we can't find a cord or cable in sight.

Photos by UNStudio

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