Project by: Christopher Kitterman of STADT Architecture
Location: New York, New York
Christopher’s client wanted to maximize the space of their 580-square-foot apartment as well as visually unite the distinct areas. The end result not only gave the home an incredibly sophisticated and sexy vibe, but added extra storage and square footage as well.
From Christopher: This Upper West Side apartment is a renovation of a 1970s condo conversion for a young professional. Before the renovation, the apartment’s three distinct levels were disjunctive and forlorn. We sought to establish a common visual language through materials and detailing to reinforce the continuity between the three levels. Bespoke walnut flooring and paneling weaves and unites the three floors, while bright white cabinetry provides a counterpoint to the existing brick walls.
Two requests drove the renovation scope: Enlarge the loft-like sleeping area and enlarge the bathroom.
The existing guard wall overlooking the living area was removed. To enlarge the sleeping loft, the queen size bed was rotated ninety degrees and extended into the living room. By reconsidering the bed and headboard as both architecture and furniture, we conflate an architectural guard rail with a furniture-like headboard. This dynamic built-in platform bed incorporates storage and extends to become built-in side tables. The remaining space allows us to introduce a continuous wall of much-needed wardrobe cabinetry.
To enlarge the bathroom, the existing stair from the living area to the sleeping loft was removed. A new landing was constructed mid-run, placing the stair closer to the living room, and adding eighteen valuable inches to the bathroom.
Thanks so much, Christopher Kitterman and the STADT Architecture team!
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